Hezbollah files slander lawsuits over Beirut blast claims

Lebanon’s Hezbollah said Friday it had filed slander lawsuits against an ex-parliamentarian and a political party who allegedly claimed the Shia movement was responsible for the Beirut port blast. The explosion of hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser at the Beirut port on August 4 was Lebanon’s worst peace-time disaster. It killed more than 200 people, wounded at least 6,500 others and ravaged large swathes of the capital. Lebanon has launched a probe into the disaster, but no conclusions on responsibility have yet been reached. Accusations have swirled, however, in some media and…

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