Explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, Leave 130 Dead and 300,000 Homeless

Beirut explosions, Youtube
image_pdfimage_print
A series of explosions rocked Beirut’s port. The emerging official narrative is that a welder accidentally set off a stockpile of fireworks, which then caused more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a nearby warehouse to explode. The official story is that the ammonium nitrate, commonly used in fertilizer and for explosives in mining, was from an abandoned ship and had been stored there for a number of years. On Tuesday, the day of the explosions, there were theories about Hezbollah storing the explosives at the port and also running organized crime operations there. The explosions destroyed 85% of Lebanon’s stored grain reserves. President Trump said his generals told him it was caused by “a bomb.” -GEG

A series of massive explosions rocked Beirut’s port on Tuesday – a mushroom cloud rising above the widespread destruction that claimed the lives of at least 60 people and wounded hundreds more in the Lebanon capital.

While the cause of the blast has not yet been determined, preliminary assessments – according to intelligence officials in the region and the United States – as of Tuesday afternoon pointed to the disaster as accidental.

Even so, some have not ruled out more sinister origins pertaining to what was going on at the critical port, and what was being stored there.

Multiple sources said that much of the operations were under “unofficial” control of Hezbollah and indications have emerged that a fire broke out at an explosives depot inside the facility. Several sources also pointed to organized crime operations run out of the port, primarily controlled by Hezbollah, and that the explosion potentially involved “multiple containers” but was not terror-related.

“There is a possibility that fireworks, petrol and weapons were stored together,” another intelligence source noted. “Officially, the blast happened at the fireworks and petrol warehouse.”

The source also stressed that, based on video analysis of the blasts, there were small explosions right before the second – the largest. The variations in color also indicate that there were fireworks involved, but it has not been ruled out that other potential weapons and materials were also in the vicinity.

Ian Bradbury, president of the Canada-based defense consultancy Terra Nova Strategic Management, pointed out that the heavily-damaged port serves as the central shipping hub for the country, and is operated by Gestion et Exploitation du Port de Beyrouth (GEPB), with container operations subcontracted to a company named Beirut Container Terminal Consortium (BCTC). The port is considered one of the largest and most active in the Mediterranean.

“The importation of fireworks is common, and the area seen in the video shows a known storage location for this type of goods,” he continued. “There is some speculation concerning weapons shipments previously received or stored within this sector of the port, but as of now, unconfirmed.”

Adding to the murky narrative, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security, also said in an immediate televised interview that a container was the source of the initial fire and explosion. The container had on board confiscated “high explosive materials,” including sodium nitrate. As a result, he noted, it would be “naive to describe such an explosion as due to fireworks.”

Nonetheless, the disaster has propelled Hezbollah into the limelight once again. For months, Lebanon has been deemed a growing flashpoint for geopolitical tensions, not only due to the Iran-backed group’s nefarious activities in the region – from Yemen to Syria to Iraq – but the discord simmering within the small nation itself.

“Currently, it appears that the explosion in Lebanon was not the result of a military strike,” surmised Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). “For now, this explosion appears to be the result of ineptitude. But the ongoing tensions make it clear that future explosions may be the result of something more deliberate. These tensions also come at a particularly bad time for Lebanon.”

new report released by FDD suggests that Lebanon’s financial crisis is so deep that it will require an estimated $93 billion to mitigate.

In the hours leading up to the explosion, according to local reports, a swell of anti-government protesters tussled with security forces outside the ministry of energy as the economic woes for citizens worsen.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rudolph Atallah, now chief executive officer of White Mountain Research, and former counterterrorism expert in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, noted that anxieties inside Lebanon have skyrocketed over the past months, along with increased opposition to Hezbollah’s grip.

“People are seeing that the food and aid supply coming in for coronavirus is being sold on the black market by them or going into Syria because Hezbollah has such a vested interest there,” he explained. “And the disinformation since the explosions has been crazy, with text messages sent around warning people to stay in their homes. Hezbollah doesn’t want protests, and it doesn’t want the Lebanese speaking out against them.”

Furthermore, Tuesday’s tragedy took place just three days before a United Nations tribunal is expected to issue a ruling with regards to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanon Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, of which four alleged Hezbollah members stand accused of its plot and execution. Supporters of the terrorist outfit have purported to squash news of the trial and dismissed it as being biased.

Tajuden Soroush, a journalist at the London-based Iran International TV, also told Fox News that members of Kataeb Hezbollah – the notorious Iran-backed militia known for extreme violence in Iraq – are believed to have been killed so far in this incident.

Nonetheless, theories were quick to sweep the Internet pertaining to Israel as the force behind the explosions – perpetuated further by cross-border conflicts this week between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. However, multiple Israeli officials denied any involvement.

Read full article here…

Visit our Classified ads.

Check out our Classified ads at the bottom of this page.

Recent stories & commentary

Kakistocracy

DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Says White Supremacists Are Biggest Threat to US

September 25, 2020 Reuters 0

Last week, FBI Director Chris Wray testified before Congress that his agency looks at Antifa as an ideology or movement, not an organization. Just about everyone in the country except the FBI knows this is not true. The FBI is protecting Antifa, allowing it to create chaos and terror throughout the nation.

Classifieds

For classified advertising rates and terms, click here. The appearance of ads on this site does not signify endorsement by the publisher. We do not attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made therein or vouch for the integrity of advertisers. However, we will investigate complaints from readers and remove any message we find to be misleading or that promotes anything fraudulent, illegal, or unethical.

Health

Dentistry ruins health by mercury fillings, root canals, implants, fluoride, pulling wisdom teeth, tooth extraction causing cavitations, ignoring cranial bones, pulling teeth for orthodontia, ignoring acidity that causes bone loss, etc. (206) 623-4674 or www.toothwisdom.info.


Health with space-age technology and Quantum physics. For people and all animals. No medication! Available world wide! Contact us at [email protected]. For principals and testimonials please visit our website. www.Healthytherapy.com.


AFFORDABLE MEDICAL PLANS: Access to all providers – Low Deductibles – Alternative Treatments Allowed – Priced 40%-60% off marketplace!! Contact [email protected] or 800-229-0297


The Heavenly Handbook of Health. “WOW! U want FeedBack? So far I am floored. If I’ve learned anything about you since we met; this book has the potential to be a blockbuster.” Read 18pg Teaser @ HeavenlyHandbookofHealth.com Simple, incredible, affordable health – any age!


JWLABS – Building fine Rife frequency instruments in the USA since 1987.
We offer customer support and an exceptional warranty. Learn why all households and clinics should employ this device. Call us at 888-891-1122 to discuss the many benefits.   www.rifemachine.com


G. Edward Griffin’s blood pressure dropped to healthy levels and stayed there after using Cardio Miracle, a nitric-oxide booster containing a blend of ingredients that supports the body’s natural defense against heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers, and more. If you are over 40, you really should check this out.


For Sale

Offline is a documentary on the inevitability of the Earth being slammed by a mega solar flare – not the common type that interrupts communications and creates a light show in the Northern skies – but the big brothers thousands of times more powerful. These monsters deliver enough energy to blow apart the master transformers that supply the planet’s energy grids. When that happens, the lights go out for longer than anyone wants to think about. These X-Class solar storms hit the Earth every 150 years, on average. The last one arrived 156 years ago. We are overdue (More)

 


Subscribe
Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
LouLu
LouLu
1 month ago

Adam Green analyzes the video showing a missile, Was Lebanon making a bomb? Did Israel strike Beirut? Find out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9ZoTsPVPuQ