British firm ordered to pay $1 million compensation for 2020 Beirut Port explosion

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A UK court has ordered Savaro, a British firm, to pay $1 million GBP in compensation to families affected by the 2020 explosion in the port of Beirut. Savaro had delivered the ammonium nitrate that caused the blast, resulting in over 200 deaths and 6,000 injuries. The families filed a lawsuit against Savaro in 2021, but the identity of the firm’s backers remains unknown, casting doubt on the compensation’s actual receipt. Efforts for a judicial inquiry in Lebanon have faced obstacles, and a $250 million lawsuit was filed in Texas. The explosion, caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, caused extensive property damage and left 300,000 people homeless, making it the most powerful accidental artificial non-nuclear explosion in history.

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