Gemayel Pledges Accountability One year after Beirut Blast

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Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Wednesday called for lifting immunities of all those who were involved in the Beirut blast that has rocked the city’s main port a year ago, deeming the explosion as an organized crime against humanity.

“Tuesday, August 4th, at 6:07 PM, the Lebanese government killed 218 people and injured 7000,” Gemayel said in a speech marking the first anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion.

“How did such amount of ammonium nitrate entered Lebanon? Who sent it and for who? Why did it stay at the port for 8 years? He asked.

“Why hasn’t it been removed? Why only 500 from 2700 tones have exploded? Where did the remaining amount go and how was it smuggled? With which trucks and with whose knowledge?” he added.

Gemayel wondered why Prime Minister Hassan Diab was scheduled to visit the port a week ahead of the blast and later changed his mind.

“President Michel Aoun was aware of the presence of the explosive materials 15 days before the blast occurred. Why can’t he be held accountable?” he pointed out.

“Hezbollah's apparatus are active at the port with the knowledge of the security services and all the Lebanese,” he noted.

“We will only accept answers to all these questions and we will only accept the lifting of immunities of every official who knew about the materials that caused the blast,” he said.

“No one is above accountability. Even if they are heads of services, deputies, ministers, current or former presidents,” he stressed.

The Kataeb leader affirmed that the explosion was not an accident caused by mismanagement or negligence, deeming it as an organized crime against humanity.

“This explosion resumes the tragedy of all Lebanon with one incident: starting with the loss of sovereignty and the borders that are controlled by Hezbollah's militia and the corruption, to the incompetence due to the absence of the State’s institutions and leaving people to their fate,” he added.

“The blast strengthened our determination to continue our fight for a new Lebanon, our fight for achieving accountability and justice, for the hundreds of heroes who risked their lives to take the injured to hospitals on their shoulders and cars,” he stressed.

“We kill keep fighting for all the victims and the heroes who stayed in Lebanon despite all the challenges we are currently experiencing.”

“This is our promise to all the victims of August 4.”

“Accountability is coming," he concluded.