Lebanon: Massive Explosion, Hospitals 500 Wounded, 50 Deaths
UPDATE: Beirut Explosion Was Warehouse for Iranian Missiles for Hezbollah
8-4-20, Al-Hadeth -- There are conflicting reports but Al-Hadeth from Jordan claims the massive explosion was an Islamic terror group Hezbollah warehouse in Beirut that housed missiles from Iran. The explosion occurred inside the Port of Beirut, specifically Ward 12, a warehouse for explosives. More here
In February 2018 Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon claims it will have nearly half-a-million missiles aimed at Israel within the next year. Iran continues to transfer advanced missile technology to regional hotspots such as Lebanon... More here from FreeBeacon.com
Could be another miracle of God!
Lebanon Explosion Thousands Injured
8-4-20, *, Lebanon’s city of Beirut’s health minister General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said: 'It appears that there is a warehouse containing material that was confiscated years ago, and it appears that it was highly explosive material.' More than 3,000 people have been wounded following the blast. At approximately 6pm local time smoke billowing from the waterfront area could be seen shortly before an enormous fireball exploded into the sky and blanketing the city in a thick mushroom cloud. Witnesses report the sheer enormity of the blast, which was heard 125 miles away in Cyprus, and likened it to a 'nuclear bomb.'
Although bitter rival, Israel has denied any involvement and offers aid [the nations are still technically at war]. Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on behalf international intermediaries offer medical and humanitarian aid. Last week, Israel accused the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah of trying to send gunmen across the UN-demarcated Blue Line saying it held the Lebanese government responsible for what it termed an attempted 'terrorist' attack amid escalating tensions along the country's southern border.
The port's governor reported tha he doesn't know the explosion's cause and he's never seen such destruction, comparing the sobering scenes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were obliterated by atomic bombs in the Second World War.' Immediate and surrounding buildings have been obliterated; damage has occurred miles away. Experts report that fireworks shooting out of the smoke and a combination of the fireworks and highly flammable fertilizer could have sparked such an explosion.
Beirut's Hotel Dieu Hospital reported to be overwhelmed with more than 500 wounded patients and not able to receive more, while Lebanon's Red Cross said it had been drowning in calls from injured people, many who are still trapped in their homes. [..]
The explosion comes amid political tension in Lebanon, with street demonstrations against the government's handling the worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil wars. In January 2020 mass protests against the corruption allegations and a faltering economy led to the fall of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government. Independent Hassan Diab succeeded Saad Hariri on January 21, 2020 and cut the country's budget by $700 million and a month later put in place a financial rescue plan.
Analysts suggest Lebanon’s crisis has been prolonged because of political sectarianism, with the president, prime minister and speaker split between the three largest cultural groups; Christians; Shia Muslim and Sunni Muslims. Parliament is also drawn down the middle between Christian and Muslim members. External powers have been able to interfere in the country; Iran backs the militant Hezbollah Shia movement.
In a television address Prime Minister Hasan Diab vowed that 'those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price,' and declared Wednesday, August 5, 2020 a day of national mourning.
*Excerpted and adapted full report from DailyMail here
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