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PORT BLAST ANNIVERSARY

Rai criticizes government handling of Beirut port blast probe during memorial mass

The head of the Maronite Church, Bechara al-Rai, during a mass celebrated at the headquarters of the Maronite summer patriarchate, in Dimane, on July 24, 2022. (Credit: Fathi Al-Masri/AFP)

Lebanon's top Christian cleric Bechara Boutros al-Rai criticized his country's government on Thursday for failing to hold those responsible for the Beirut port blast on Aug. 4, 2020 to justice.

In a mass held to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the explosion, Rai said the government "has no right" to block the domestic and international probes and that "God condemns those officials" stalling the investigation.

(Reporting by Maya Gebeily; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)



Lebanon's top Christian cleric Bechara
Boutros al-Rai criticized his country's government on Thursday
for failing to hold those responsible for the Beirut port blast
on Aug. 4, 2020 to justice.
In a mass held to commemorate the two-year anniversary of
the explosion, Rai said the government "has no right" to block
the domestic and international probes and that...