August 3, 2020

Hariri assassination: the day that rocked Lebanon

Beirut (AFP) – The death of Rafic Hariri is to many Lebanese what the JFK assassination was to Americans four decades earlier — everybody remembers what they were doing when the news broke.On Valentine’s Day 2005, the former prime minister who embodied the reconstruction of the country after its 1975-1990 civil war was killed in a monster bomb attack on his convoy.The blast unleashed a ball of fire in the hotel quarter of downtown Beirut, shooting debris into the sky and shattering windows in a radius of nearly half a kilometre (500 yards).A suicide bomber in a white Mitsubishi truck packed w…


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