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  • Iran-backed Hezbollah arms depot explodes in southern Lebanon ["technical error"]

    09/22/2020 8:32:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Security sources said the blast had caused a number of injuries. An arms depot of the Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, a security source said, injuring several people and sending a new shockwave across a nation grappling with its deepest crisis in three decades. The security source said the arms depot blast, which sent a huge column of black smoke into the sky, was caused by a "technical error." The al-Manar television station run by Lebanon's Hezbollah said the cause of an explosion in southern Lebanon on Tuesday was not yet clear. The explosion...
  • Beirut port ablaze, weeks after massive blast

    09/10/2020 5:59:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 10, 2020 | Ghazi Balkiz, Tamara Qiblawi, and Eliza Mackintosh
    A huge blaze broke out in Beirut's port on Thursday, just weeks after a massive blast at the same site laid waste to the capital city, killing nearly 200 people. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but the Lebanese army said in a statement that it began at a warehouse where oil and tires are kept in the port's duty-free market. Videos taken at the scene showed a warehouse engulfed in flames and a large plume of black smoke rising into the sky. Many Beirut residents sharing clips on social media expressed their dismay that yet another...
  • Lebanon's army finds 4.35 tonnes more explosive chemicals near Beirut port

    09/05/2020 4:59:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 9/03/20
    Lebanon's army said on Thursday it had found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to the Beirut port, the site of a huge blast last month caused by a large stockpile of the same highly explosive chemical. Lebanese army engineers were "dealing with it", according to an army statement carried by the state news agency NNA. The statement said the chemicals were found outside entrance nine to the port. Army experts were called in for an inspection and found 4.35 tonnes of the dangerous chemical in four containers stored near the port, according to the military. There were...
  • Beirut to observe moment of silence as search continues for possible survivor 1 month after blast

    09/04/2020 10:21:40 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 4 | Peter Aitken
    A month after a devastating blast tore through Beirut, a moment of silence is planned for Friday, while rescue workers continue searching for a possible survivor in the rubble. A vigil and march were planned for Friday, as well as a moment of silence at 6:08 p.m., local time -- or 11:08 a.m. ET -- the moment that marked the time of the blast on Aug. 4. At least 191 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured when nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate ignited at the port in early August.
  • A Hidden Tycoon, African Explosives, and a Loan from a Notorious Bank: Questionable Connections Surround Beirut Explosion Shipment

    08/26/2020 2:08:35 PM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 8/21/2020 | OCCRP and Partners
    Since the devastating explosion of a store of ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port on August 4, Lebanese citizens have taken to the streets in shock, outrage, and grief. Above all, they have demanded answers: Where did the nearly 3,000 tons of explosive chemicals come from, and who owned it? Why did the rickety ship that brought the hazardous material to Lebanon end up stranded in the city’s port in late 2013? And how could the impounded chemicals sit for over half a decade in an unsafe warehouse before tragedy finally struck? In Lebanon itself, the causes of the disaster appear...
  • Iran: A blast far stronger than Beirut’s

    08/23/2020 12:06:59 PM PDT · by hassan.mahmoud · 9 replies
    Aug.23,2020 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    By: Hassan.Mahmoudi Drowning in a miscellany of crises, the Iranian regime and its administration under Rouhani is clutching at straws as a tool of survival. On August 9, 2020, one could hear Rouhani crying ‘Eureka! Eureka!’ at a session of the administration’s headquarter for Economic Coordination. And what precisely was this brilliant discovery; his administration planned to pre-sell 220 million barrels of oil to the ordinary people and the private sector for $42 a barrel and then return the money to them in two years’ time with 19% interest! Wow! With such a decision Rouhani is trying to confront the...
  • NYC Democratic Socialists blasted for quizzing City Council candidates over Israel

    08/15/2020 7:58:18 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 14, 2020 | Nolan Hicks
    New York City’s Democratic Socialists of America chapter ignited a firestorm Friday for drawing up a survey asking City Council candidates if they will pledge to not visit Israel and support a boycott of the Jewish state. The questions about Israel come at the end of the 12-page questionnaire, which was sent out late last month and was obtained by The Post.
  • Sorry: A progressive fascist’s threat isn’t going to silence me

    08/15/2020 7:27:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies ^ | August 14, 2020 | Karol Markowicz
    This month, someone left an anonymous note on my home, and on several lampposts around my block, telling me to delete a tweet the stalker didn’t like. The printed black-and-white note added the leftist refrain “hate has no place here” and accused me of celebrating the deaths in the explosion in Beirut. Of course I had done no such thing. I had mocked the idea that it was a fireworks factory that had exploded, a lie disproved as more details emerged. The stalker either misunderstood it or willfully misread my tweet. My bet is the latter. She had been waiting for...
  • Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say

    08/12/2020 4:42:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-11-20 | Maria Vasilyeva, Lisa Barrington, Jonathan Saul
    “Goods were being transported from one country to another, and they ended up in a third country with nobody owning the goods. Why did they end up here?” said Ghassan Hasbani, a former Lebanese deputy prime minister and opposition figure. Those linked to the shipment and interviewed by Reuters all denied knowledge of the cargo’s original owner or declined to answer the question. Those who said they didn’t know included the ship’s captain, the Georgian fertilizer maker who produced the cargo and the African firm that ordered it but said it never paid for it.
  • US preparing sanctions against Hezbollah's allies in Lebanon: Report

    08/12/2020 12:13:54 PM PDT · by malach · 7 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 08.12.20 | MEE Staff
    The United States government is preparing to impose anti-corruption sanctions against prominent Lebanese politicians and business figures in an attempt to weaken Hezbollah's influence in the country, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Since last week's explosion... killed at least 200 people and injured thousands... Washington has accelerated efforts to blacklist Lebanese leaders aligned with the Shia movement.... US officials see unrest in the country as an opportunity to drive a wedge between Hezbollah and its allies, said the paper, as Lebanon seeks billions of dollars in international aid to rebuild Beirut. Lebanon has been rocked by protests in recent...
  • Hezbollah was taking Beirut ammonium nitrate to produce weapons: Source

    08/12/2020 11:42:48 AM PDT · by malach · 26 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 08.11.20 | Mona Alami
    Hezbollah had been slowly siphoning off the ammonium nitrate that was stored in the port and ignited in a deadly blast in Beirut to manufacture missiles and rockets, according to a security source and a source close to the organization. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. A warehouse containing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 171 people, injuring thousands, and destroying much of the city. In the wake of the disaster, observers have questioned why such vast quantities of highly explosive material was left...
  • Blaming the Beirut Blast on Israel

    08/12/2020 7:28:40 AM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | AUG 12, 2020 10:00 AM | HUGH FITZGERALD
    Blaming the Beirut Blast on Israel AUG 12, 2020 10:00 AM BY HUGH FITZGERALD While there is near-universal agreement in Lebanon that the blast in Beirut was the result of a fire that caused 2,750 tones of ammonium nitrate — that had been carelessly stored in Hanger 12 at the Port of Beirut for six years — to explode, there are still those brazenly promoting the story that Israel must have somehow been responsible, that it must have been an Israeli rocket that started the fire that caused the blast. The Lebanese Defense Officials have quashed that story; they have...
  • Were suspicious tunnels near Beirut Port discovered after blast?

    08/11/2020 11:31:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 11, 2020 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Videos circulating online, as well as rumors and reports, indicate that "tunnels" have been found in the wake of the Beirut explosions. Some have asserted that this is evidence of Hezbollah "tunnels" storing weapons at the Port of Beirut, while others think they were used for human trafficking. Both SkyNews and Russia's Sputnik News claimed there was a "labyrinth network of tunnels." The Lebanese Armed Forces have denied the existence of tunnels, just as Hezbollah has denied doing anything at Beirut Port. It's unclear how the army could refute the claims without investigating the images and videos already circulating online....
  • Questioning whether Hezbollah had a role in massive Beirut explosion is off limits, per Hezbollah

    08/11/2020 6:08:05 PM PDT · by malach · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 08.11.20 | William A.Jacobson
    Mordecai Kedar of Israel’s Besa Center opines: With all due respect to the Lebanese authorities, I do not buy this story. I believe that explosives, ammunition, and missile fuel.... were stored by Hezbollah in this warehouse after being shipped from Iran. There are several reasons why I believe this. There was a series of at least three explosions, each of which had a different result. The first created a gray column of smoke that remained for several minutes. The second, a column of red smoke, also remained for several minutes, while the third created a white mushroom cloud that dissipated...
  • Lebanese prime minister announces resignation of government

    08/10/2020 7:54:51 PM PDT · by malach · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08.10.20 | Reuters
    Lebanon's prime minister announced his government's resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that tore through Beirut and caused public outrage was the result of endemic corruption. While the move by Prime Minister Hassan Diab attempted to respond to popular anger about the Aug. 4 blast, many Lebanese calling for a complete overhaul of the political establishment will not be placated. In Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged the swift formation of a new government, saying people's hopes for reform and governance needed to be heard. The detonation at a port warehouse of what authorities said was more...
  • Lebanon PM Hassan Diab resigns on live national TV

    08/10/2020 11:46:14 AM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 08/10/2020 | Kate Sheehy
    Lebanon’s embattled prime minister announced his resignation on live national TV on Monday — as his cabinet headed for the door amid widespread unrest over the deadly explosion at Beirut’s port last week. “We are still living amid the horror that struck Lebanon and the Lebanese to the core, which was the result of severe corruption in the administration,” PM Hassan Diab said in his speech, according to a tweet by MTV English News. At least 220 people died in Tuesday’s explosion, which leveled swaths of the city. It is believed to have been caused by an accidental fire ignited...
  • Italian Explosives Expert: The Beirut Blast’s Massive Red Cloud is Indicative of Lithium Metal Which is a Propellant in Military Missiles — IT WAS AN EXPLOSIVES STORAGE FACILITY

    08/10/2020 9:47:28 AM PDT · by malach · 124 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 08.09.20 | Jim Hoft
    Massive protests took place in Beirut, Lebanon Saturday following the mega-blast earlier in the week that tore through Lebanon’s capital with the force of an earthquake. More than 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured after a warehouse exploded near the port in Beirut. On Saturday tens of thousands took to the streets in Beirut denouncing Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists and their leader Hassan Nasrallah. And now an Italian explosives expert is speaking out about the massive blast that he says was likely a military missile warehouse. Italian Danilo Coppe spoke with Heshmat Alavi about the nature of the Beirut blast....
  • Calls for international probe of Beirut blast highlight mistrust of Lebanese gov't

    08/09/2020 11:51:59 AM PDT · by malach · 48 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 08.07.20 | i24NEWS , Reuters and ILH Staff
    Druze leader: "We have no trust in this ruling gang." Sixteen people, including manager of Beirut Port, arrested after explosion that left 145 dead and thousands injured. French President Emmanuel Macron promises aid, ...only if Lebanon enacts reforms and ends corruption. Lebanon's government has given an investigative committee four days to discover who was responsible for the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that killed at least 145 and injured thousands, Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe told Europe 1 Radio on Thursday. Dozens were still missing after the explosion, which is also feared to have left as many as 300,000 people...
  • Unseen footage shows moment of Beirut explosion in 4K slow motion_(?)

    08/09/2020 2:33:05 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 59 replies ^ | 8/9/2020 |
    Never before seen footage shows the shocking moment an explosion rocked the port of Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, on Tuesday (August 4), at approximately 6 pm local time. The HD 4K video, recorded on an iPhone SE by Agoston Nemeth, a 42-year-old therapist from Budapest, Hungary, shows loud rumbling, as black smoke engulfs the sky, before a huge mushroom cloud and visible blast wave blows out the windows, rushing towards the camera and knocking it over. Nemeth's footage was captured on the terrace of his home, on the 13th floor of building next to St George Hospital, only 850 meters...
  • Beirut explosion: footage shows massive blast shaking Lebanon's capital (Info on Blast)

    08/08/2020 5:43:50 PM PDT · by texas booster · 35 replies
    The Guardian Youtube Channel ^ | Aug 4 2020 | iPhones
    40 seconds of explosion porn that we have all seen. But I have finally found an analysis of the timing of the blast wave, and it seems to confirm that it was a pressure wave, not a shock wave. In short, it looks like a fast moving wavefront, but it is not a true shock wave that one would get from military type explosions.