World Lebanon to compensate for Beirut blast lost homes, businesses
After Lebanon blast, future lawsuits pile up against the state
Elie Hasrouty, who lost his father to the August 4 Beirut port blast, is one of at least 1,228 grieving Lebanese preparing to file a lawsuit against the state. The young computer engineer said going to court won't bring his father back, but it could go some way towards preventing similar disasters from happening again. "We are pursuing legal action (for) us, the people who remain in this country and who want to live in it with dignity," he toldThe young computer engineer said going to court won't bring his father back, but it could go some way towards preventing similar disasters from happening again.
Lebanon on Thursday unveiled a compensation programme for the thousands of homes and businesses devastated by the August 4 mega-blast at Beirut's port.
President Michel Aoun signed a decree allocating 100 billion Lebanese pounds (more than $66 million at the official exchange rate, or $13 million on the black market) to the programme, his office said.
How the Beirut explosion was a government failure
And why Lebanon is on the verge of collapse.The problem though, is it was just the latest catastrophe to occur in Lebanon. Over the past few years the country’s economic has collapsed. The currency has fallen nearly 80 percent in value and unemployment is surging. Thousands of Lebanese have taken to the streets to demand an end to government corruption.
It added that the army and Beirut municipality would be tasked with setting up a mechanism to distribute the funds.
How to fix Lebanon’s political crisis
The Beirut port explosion exposed Lebanon’s deep political rot.The explosion was an accident resulting from years of buck-passing and negligence in Lebanon’s public institutions, which somehow allowed 2,750 tons of explosive material to lie in a warehouse unsecured for six years.
The compensation will go to owners of homes and businesses damaged in the explosion that left more than 190 dead and devastated swathes of the capital, a source at the presidency said.
According to an assessment by the army, the blast caused by a consignment of ammonium nitrate damaged almost 61,000 homes and over 19,000 businesses.
The explosion compounded Lebanon's worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
On August 9, the international community pledged around $300 million in emergency aid at a conference jointly organised by France and the United Nations.
The UN is to coordinate the aid to ensure it reaches those in need directly rather than through Lebanese government bodies, which are widely accused of corruption.
Netanyahu says Hezbollah arsenal next to Beirut 'gas' depot .
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused Lebanon's Hezbollah of manufacturing weapons next to a "gas station" in Beirut, warning of "another tragedy" if it explodes. "If this thing explodes, it’s another tragedy," Netanyahu said.Israel has repeatedly accused the Shiite movement Hezbollah, backed by Israel's arch-foe Iran, of building missiles to attack the Jewish state.