Skip to comments.Al Arabiya: Beirut Explosion was a Hezbollah Weapons Depot
Posted on 08/04/2020 3:26:20 PM PDT by EyesOfTX
At least 70 people have now been confirmed to have been killed, with over 3,700 injured as the casualty toll continues to mount from the massive explosions that rocked Lebanons capital of Beirut on Tuesday. The explosions took place at the citys shipping port, and the cause is still under investigation.
Many residents with views of the port began using their cell phone to take video of a massive smoke plume that was being caused by hundreds of smaller explosions coming from a warehouse along the docks. Videographers miles away were then rocked when a massive explosion devastated the area immediately around the port and broke windows up to 15 miles distant.
Immediate speculation centered around the likelihood that the warehouse from which the hundreds of smaller explosions emanated may have been filled with fireworks, and that those explosions then caused a ship also loaded with fireworks to explode. But Al Arabiya reported late Tuesday afternoon that the warehouse was actually an arms depot for the terrorist group Hezbollah, which unfortunately essentially runs the national government.
Government officials claimed the depot held explosive materials that had been seized by the government in recent years. From a report at the New York Times:
Highly explosive materials, seized by the government years ago, were stored where the explosions occurred, said Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanons general security service, according to the National News Agency.
President Michel Aoun later confirmed that explosive substances were held there. Neither of them said what those materials were, but General Ibrahim warned against getting ahead of the investigation and speculating about a terrorist act.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a televised statement, Facts on this dangerous depot, which has existed since 2014 or the past six years, will be announced.
Here are photos and a video taken of the port shortly after the explosion:
Here is a compilation of various citizen videos taken of the incident:
Pray for the people of Beirut.
That is all.
Gee...that’s a shame.
Wow - Iran is just having all kinds of safety issues. Perhaps they should have some additional safety training sessions?
But, but, but...I thought it was just a fireworks warehouse...
Bibi is a that you?
They like to put their most powerful weapons right in the middle of densely populated cities, next to schools, hospitals, and so forth.
Lebanon was a majority Christian country with a Christian government at one time.
Unlimited muslim immigration turned it into a Hezbollah sh!thole.
2700 tons aminium nitrate in 2nd blast.
Harini was killed in huge blast in 2005. Aminium nitrate too. The tribunal is Friday.
Yeah, it looked like a lot of fuel/air explosion on that second blast.
2.7 kilotons. Hiroshima was about 15 kilotons.
Of course in this case the 2.7 kiloton blast was caused by 2.7 kilotons of explosive. In the Hiroshima case, the 15 kt blast was caused by something that weighed a bit less than five tons, or 0.005 kilotons.
His boys are busy!
This particular area has lots of Christians living there. I have a friend from Lebanon who mentioned it today.
Ammonium nitrate isn’t as explosive as TNT. So it isn’t a direct comparison.
Mmmmmm the Israelis are wearing out their new F-35s.
“Achmed, you idiot, the sign says, NO SMO...”
I spent 3 years as a 12B in the army and witnessed 2 mighty explosions we did in Somalia that was several thousand pounds of c4 and discarded landmines/rockets.
what i saw on those clips from beirut are like a tactical nuke went off.
hundreds will be dead from this.
2,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, yeah I think that is gonna go BOOM BOOM
Thats what I read. Local media are reporting that 2,700 tonnes of the chemical exploded, which scientists making initial calculations said was about three kilotonnes of TNT - roughly a fifth of the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in the Second World War.
Can't be. He is just strolling by whistling.
2700 tons not pounds
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