A Lebanese businessman has filed a complaint about his cruise ship that sank after the deadly and devastating explosion Tuesday in the port of Beirut, the state news agency reported on Friday.
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Two members of the crew of the Orient Queen - a Syrian and an Ethiopian - were killed and seven others were injured in this explosion, according to Lebanese authorities, of several tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse . The ship, with a casino on board, was on cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, circling the Greek Islands and the Turkish coast. On the day of the tragedy 35 people were on board, according to a crew member.
"First complaint of its kind"
“Businessman Merhi Abou Merhi, owner of the Orient Queen cruise ship, has taken legal action against all those responsible for the explosion,” ANI said. According to the news agency, this is the "first complaint of its kind" and could pave the way for other similar proceedings. The explosion left more than 150 dead, 5,000 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless.