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  • It is four months since a devastating explosion tore through the center off the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing about 200 people and injuring many more on investigation that was promised within days has yet to detail the cause of the blast.

  • Dozens of arrests have been made, but nobody has been held responsible and none of the victims compensated.

  • The epicenter was Beirut port, where the country's only cruise ship, the Orient Queen, was docked.

  • From there, our Middle East correspondent, Quentin Sommerville, sent this report.

  • Lebanon is living in a state of aftermath.

  • A country turned on its head.

  • This was it's only cruise ship the Orient Queen.

  • Four months ago, it took the full force off the explosion at the Port Onley.

  • The crew was on board.

  • They watched as a warehouse fire took hold, not knowing what was to come.

  • The ship's homeport, It's safe.

  • Harbor lay in ruins.

  • The Orient Queen was upright, but the engine room was flooding on.

  • Crew members were missing.

  • On the key side, chef Michael Villian, you ever was badly injured.

  • Our ships interior was wrecked.

  • We had a hard time getting out.

  • I didn't feel the second blast because I was slammed into a wall on the first one.

  • When I came to, I tried to stand, but my leg was shattered.

  • Now back in the Philippines, four operations later, they've managed to save his leg.

  • The port and much of their route was in chaos at the Orient Queen.

  • They were still searching for missing crew.

  • It took more than two hours to find the body off.

  • Highly.

  • Reiter, the Ethiopian crewmen had been blown off this ship.

  • He was found at a nearby pier.

  • Mustafa I Root wouldn't be found for days.

  • His father traveled from Syria.

  • His DNA was used to identify his son.

  • Remains the explosion tor away any remaining shred of credibility from a government that, stored for years dangerous chemicals here in the heart of the city?

  • It's too much for the brain to, except for the heart to even handle Hannah Abul.

  • Mary.

  • Is this ship sooner?

  • If this happened toe metal and toe concrete, Can you even imagine she's seeing the wreckage for the first time?

  • Like many here, she's overwhelmed with anger and disbelief that a disaster so easily avoidable was allowed to happen.

  • I blame every person that knew I was there.

  • Deport, not taking action.

  • So many lives.

  • So many innocent people have lost loved ones, has have lost their homes, their work, their dreams.

  • It's not just us.

  • It's not just the Orient Queen, it's everyone.

  • Dozens of arrests have been made, but an investigation that was promised to take on Lee Days four months later is still dragging on.

  • This is a crime scene.

  • The government knew that the dangerous chemicals were being stored here.

  • So did the judiciary saw to do the port authorities?

  • It was only the Lebanese people who were being kept in the dark.

  • A few of them believe that the truth will ever emerge from this pit of corruption.

  • The Orient Queen is lost.

  • She'll never sail again on the reputation of the authorities that allowed this to happen is beyond salvage.

It is four months since a devastating explosion tore through the center off the Lebanese capital Beirut, killing about 200 people and injuring many more on investigation that was promised within days has yet to detail the cause of the blast.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/05
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