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  • US preparing sanctions against Hezbollah's allies in Lebanon: Report

    08/12/2020 12:13:54 PM PDT · by malach · 5 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 · 22 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...
  • Turkey claims it is under “blockade” in Mediterranean standoff

    08/12/2020 4:34:19 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/12/2020 | Seth Frantzman
    Turkey claims it is “breaking a blockade” by sending naval ships under the guise of a research mission to the Mediterranean. For a country that is a member of NATO – and which has sent drones to Libya, is busy bombing northern Iraq and occupies part of northern Syria – Turkey’s narrative that it is under “blockade” is a novel approach to fan its latest maneuvers in the Mediterranean. Never in history has Turkey been less under blockade than it is today, yet it has manufactured a crisis with Greece to lay claim to areas of the Mediterranean, asserting it...
  • 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...
  • 44,000 sign petition for France to take control of Lebanon

    08/06/2020 10:51:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.06.2020 | ed/aw (AFP, Reuters)
    Over 44,000 people have signed an online petition to “place Lebanon under a French mandate for the next 10 years” as of Thursday afternoon. The petition on the community petition website Avaaz was reportedly set up by Lebanese citizens on Wednesday following the explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing over 140 people and injuring more than 5,000. “Lebanon’s officials have clearly shown a total inability to secure and manage the country,” the petition reads. “With a failing system, corruption, terrorism and militia the country has just reached its last breath. We believe Lebanon should go back under the French...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • The Term 'Annexation of Land' in Judea and Samaria by Israel is a Myth

    08/11/2020 5:22:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Aug 11, 2020 | Dr. Schmuel Katz
    The Jewish people have the absolute historic legal right to this disputed land. I know that there is a lot of information available to the observers of the historical perspectives, and as I am sure that many of you know, much of it is based on disinformation and on outright lies. Therefore, in order to be able to promote honorable causes it is important to clarify the facts.   Before addressing a few issues specifically, I would like to make some very important clarifying points:   1.     The state of Israel is one of the strongest and most reliable allies of...
  • 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...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Some 4 Decades of Targeting Civilians by Using Its Own Women, Children as Human Shields

    08/10/2020 3:55:31 PM PDT · by Marinario · 10 replies
     American  Victims of Terrorist Attacks(1970 - Present) Comprehensive Listing of Terrorism Victims in Israel (September 1993 - Present) In Memory of the Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism in Israel ... people have been killed by Palestinian violence and terrorism since September 2000.​​​​​​​ JP: Terror atracks Which Came First - Terrorism or "Occupation"? Major Arab Terrorist Attacks against Israelis Prior to the 1967 Six-Day War Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 2002 Palestinian and Arab spokesmen commonly claim that the recent Palestinian terrorism is the result of the Israeli 'occupation' of the West Bank and Gaza, adding...
  • 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...
  • Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hanged in effigy by Lebanese protesters

    08/08/2020 11:01:19 PM PDT · by Marinario · 16 replies
    JPost ^ | Aug 8, 2020
    Hezbollah leader Nasrallah hanged in effigy by Lebanese protesters By SETH J. FRANTZMAN    AUGUST 8, 2020 19:45  A demonstrator steps on a picture of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon August 8, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/ELLEN FRANCIS) Thousands protest in Beirut, target parliament and foreign ministry as police wound more than 100 with tear gas amid clashes after massive explosion.
  • Ship Cited in Beirut Blast Hasn’t Sailed in 7 Years. We Found It. (NY Times)

    08/08/2020 9:35:57 AM PDT · by texas booster · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Aug 7 2020 | Christoph Koettl
    ...The Rhosus left for its last journey from Batumi, Georgia, in September 2013. Its cargo was destined for Mozambique, but the captain was ordered to make an unscheduled stop in Beirut to take on additional freight. Captain Prokoshev said they needed to make extra cash to pay for their passage through the Suez Canal. Lawyers for the ship’s creditors said the additional cargo was supposed to be transported to Jordan. ...The Rhosus was left abandoned, and Lebanese authorities transferred its cargo to a warehouse in the port. In 2015, the ship was moved 1,000 feet up the pier where it...
  • 'France will never let Lebanon go': Emmanuel Macron is accused of trying to reconquer Lebanon rather than help it in the wake of the devastating explosion at its capital which has killed 150 as country is set to refuse aid from Israel

    08/08/2020 4:14:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 8, 2020 | Isabella Nikolic
    French president Emmanuel Macron has been accused of trying to reconquer Lebanon rather than help it in the wake of the devastating explosion at its capital which killed 150 people. It comes as the country is expected to refuse humanitarian aid from Israel because the two neighbours are technically still at war. Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France's leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France's own heart.
  • The Beirut Blast Is A Reminder That Hezbollah Has Ruined Lebanon

    08/08/2020 7:40:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Federalist. ^ | AUGUST 6, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson
    More than any other group in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah bears responsibility for the conditions that led to the blast. ... Lebanon is a mafia state governed entirely through criminality and institutionalized corruption. The .. Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah. If there’s one group that bears primary responsibility for the state of affairs in Lebanon that led to the explosion in Beirut, it’s Hezbollah. ... Tony Badran.. Hezbollah’s role in governing Lebanon. .. the terrorist group isn’t a parallel structure to the government, it is the government. ... Hezbollah has long used the port for massive commercial scams and...
  • Hezbollah leader 'categorically denies' storing arms ..["innocent" jihad = oxymoron]

    08/07/2020 2:23:58 PM PDT · by Marinario · 13 replies
    Fr24 ^ | Aug.7.2020
    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader 'categorically denies' storing arms at Beirut blast site Issued on: 07/08/2020 - 17:49Modified: 07/08/2020 - 17:53 Nasrallah said the US envoy was meddling in Lebanon and trying to provoke tensions, August 7, 2020. © Iran Press/AFP Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday strongly denied that his powerful Shiite movement had stored arms at Beirut's port, describing the cataclysmic explosion there as "a major tragedy".
  • IDF fighter jets attack Hamas targets after explosive balloon attacks

    08/07/2020 8:48:13 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    jpost ^ | 8/7/2020 | jpost staff
    IDF fighter jets attacked a Hamas underground infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday, the IDF Spokesperson confirmed. The attack was in response to several explosive balloon attacks from Gaza to Israeli territory during the day. Earlier on Thursday, after nearly six months without incendiary balloons, five fires broke out in the Gaza border communities. At least three of them were caused by incendiary balloons. Furthermore, a balloon carrying an explosive device was found in the Arad industrial zone. "The State of Israel will not accept any violation of sovereignty and harm to the residents of the south," said...
  • UN Secretary-General Guterres calls on Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah

    08/05/2020 1:49:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | AUGUST 5, 2020 19:33 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    Israel and the United States want the UNSC to expand the mandate to better empower UNIFIL to investigate violations by Hezbollah. UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the Lebanese government to disarm the militant group Hezbollah in a report he intends to present to the United Nations Security Council next Tuesday.
  • Democrats Gutted Anti-Hezbollah Legislation Days Before Attack on Israel

    08/05/2020 8:33:37 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 5 replies
    freebeacon ^ | AUGUST 4, 2020 | Adam Kredo
    Efforts to slash U.S. funding to Iranian terror group blocked by House Dems Just days before the Iranian-funded terror group Hezbollah waged a terrorist attack on Israel’s northern border, congressional Democrats gutted legislation that would have halted U.S. funding to the Lebanese military, which is almost entirely controlled by the terror group. Congress has been working on legislation that would slash millions in American taxpayer funding to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), which has long been under Hezbollah’s thumb. Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have been pushing to cut this funding for some time, arguing that U.S....