Caretaker Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni has ordered 50 billion Lebanese Lira to be distributed to those affected by the Beirut port explosion, the state-run national news agency reported earlier on Tuesday.
The funds, which is about $5.7 million at the current black market exchange rate, will be allocated to the victims of the blast through the Higher Relief Committee.
The protests were prompted by the judge’s failure to reply to a letter the group sent him, and in which they questioned why he hasn’t resumed the investigation into the blast after the political hurdle that brought the probe to a halt.
Since then, there have been no reported activities in the investigation. The families of the victims and the general population can’t fathom any excuse nor reason to the stalling of the probe and the silence around it since January 11th.
The families were compelled to take to the streets, again, to have their demands for justice heard.
Six months have passed since the Beirut Blast and there is little known on the officials behind Lebanon’s worst disaster to date.
While a financial grant from the government could bring the families and the wounded some material reliefs during this critical economic crisis, it is by no means a closure nor justice.
And justice they, and the people of Lebanon, do want above all.
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