Diab Says Those Responsible for Beirut 'Catastrophe' Will 'Pay Price'


Prime Minister Hassan Diab vowed Tuesday that those responsible for two massive blasts in Beirut's port, which killed at least 50 people and injured thousands, would be held to account.

"What happened today will not pass without accountability. Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price," Diab said in a televised address.

Diab also appealed for international assistance to help Lebanon, which is already mired in its worst economic crisis in decades.

"I am sending an urgent appeal to all countries that are friends and brothers and love Lebanon, to stand by its side and help us treat these deep wounds," the prime minister said.

A senior security official said earlier that the explosions that shook the entire capital could be due to "explosive materials" confiscated and stored in a warehouse "for years."

Diab in his speech promised announcements about "this dangerous warehouse that has been in existence for six years, since 2014."

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Missing charles.vaughn.961 04 August 2020, 23:31

My conspiracy guess: Someone planned and caused the explosion and it was much bigger than expected. Now other countries will feel obligated to sends hundreds of millions of dollars to help with the "recovery". Thousands of contracts will be given to people in the various political parties. Tens of thousands of Lebanese will get jobs to help with the rebuilding of Beirut and the port. The rich will get richer. Tens of millions of dollars will go into the pockets of politicians. If you can't get rid of corruption, just blow up Beirut.

Thumb whyaskwhy 05 August 2020, 03:13

again the lebanese government shields itself by blaming it on others. If the head of the port and uts security is from kizb then they they will not be held responsible. A poor natoor at one if the gates will be blamed....anothers hassan abu 3addas or his equivalent

Thumb kanaandian 05 August 2020, 03:51

The politicians who overlook the infrastructure and security should be prosecuted.

Missing ramezg 05 August 2020, 10:13

The "price" that he speaks of exceeds one trillion dollars. Question: How is Mr. Diab going to make ANYONE "pay" a trillion dillars???

Thumb Geralt 05 August 2020, 11:59

M. PM you won't get a dime more than the ones covering medical supplies and if countries are generous some will help rebuilding a couple of Hospitals (the Christian ones just to piss Por.tugal or whatever)!
Help will be planned in a way that no other one than those who suffered from your incompetence be compensated!
And yes this is your fault, it occurred under your "protector wings" and if it seems unfair that you pay the price for former govts then suck on it! that is democracy...