Beirut Port Blast Punctures Trust in Hezbollah

Author
Andrew Devereux
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
The explosion in the Port of Beirut on August 4 caused domestic reverberations throughout Lebanon. With close to 200 people killed, over 6,000 wounded and damages estimated at over $15 billion, the public outrage toward the ruling elite was immediate and damning (Daily Sabah, August 12). The political classes were already subjected to heavy criticism for an ongoing economic crisis that has left 55 percent of the population living below the poverty line, while remnants of the October 2019 protests against political corruption remain active (Middle East Monitor, August 20). In the aftermath of the explosion, public ire accelerated swiftly. No group has come under more scrutiny, or been blamed more directly, than Hezbollah.
Topic
Corruption, Non State Actors, Hezbollah, Militias, Disaster Management
Political Geography
Iran, Middle East, Lebanon, Beirut