Protesters carried the photos of victims and chanted persistent slogans as they demanded justice.
The disaster, which claimed over 220 lives and injured around 6,500 people, was caused by improperly stored ammonium nitrate fertilizer in a warehouse. Despite ongoing demands for justice from victims’ families and protesters, no one has yet been held accountable. The investigation into the incident has been stalled due to political and legal pressures, with the lead investigator unable to make progress due to a lack of cooperation from officials and a barrage of lawsuits.
The investigation was officially suspended in December 2021. International organizations, including human rights watch and Amnesty International, have reiterated their call for a UN established factfinding mission, a proposal that Lebanese officials have consistently rejected.