A year after the disaster … the worst economic collapse that will happen once in a century

Difficult hours Lebanon experienced yesterday, Wednesday, after the Lebanese Red Cross announced the fall of 84 injured during the demonstrations that engulfed the capital, Beirut, on the first anniversary of the port explosion, which resulted in over 200 deaths and 6,500 injured, without investigation bringing something new to date.

And the Red Cross said in a last census of the wounded, that 10 wounded were transferred from the center of the Lebanese capital, while 3 wounded were transferred from the Gemayzeh area, adding that 71 wounded were treated on the spot.

In this regard, the “Wall Street Journal” newspaper, in a report published on Wednesday addressed the repercussions of the economic situation, which confirmed that in Lebanon was completely collapsing.

The American newspaper indicated that the Lebanese economy may not return to what it was before, as the explosion of the port and the outbreak of the new Corona virus have greatly widened the gap.

The report also indicated that more than half of Lebanese are now below the poverty line, especially after the Lebanese pound lost more than 90% of its value against the dollar.

He also pointed out that commodity prices prime have increased by more than 700%.

No war but no electricity

In a related context, the report revealed that the power outage has become a major obstacle, noting that restaurants are now allocating their hours in based on the electric program of private generators.

He also pointed out that most of the medical personnel have fled the country due to the situation, in the midst of a new wave of Corona mutants that has hit the region.

While the situation in hospitals is no longer any better, as some of the drugs for anesthesia and heart surgery have run out, and instead of finding solutions, hospital administrators are looking for materials that will provide them with electricity for medical devices.

Unspeakable social damage

Furthermore, the newspaper pointed out that social crimes have become normal in the country, starting with bickering in stores over milk bags, for example, and not ending with murder and theft.

Furthermore, the report pointed out that Lebanon now lives in the shadow of the worst economic collapse that once occurred in a century.

The World Bank has classified the economic crisis in Lebanon among the prime three crises of the world in the last 150 years.

Demonstrations and injuries on the first anniversary

Interestingly, there were skirmishes between demonstrators and the army yesterday in the vicinity of the port of Beirut, in amid clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the capital.

The demonstrations also saw clashes between demonstrators and security in front of the parliament building, during which demonstrators threw stones at the entrance to the parliament and tried to cross the main gate.

For its part, the security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators in front of the building.

Nothing new in the investigation

Although a year has passed since one of the worst disasters in the region, there has been no accountability and investigations have yet to answer questions such as who ordered the chemicals to be shipped and why officials ignored repeated internal warnings about their danger.

Although the explosion is considered one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, it occurred as a result of the ignition of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate after a fire broke out at its storage location.

Documents showed that highly combustible nitrates were indiscriminately stored in the port in 2014 and that many high-ranking officials over the years knew of its existence and did nothing.

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