BEIRUT, KOMPAS.com – The explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday (4/8/2020), is still a question mark and debate about the reasons behind the tragedy that killed more than 100 people and injured 5,000 people.
Speculation has arisen about the causes, ranging from negligence in proper storage and surveillance of hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, corrupt leadership overriding public safety, to theories of terrorist group involvement.
It is still widely heard that the Israeli and Hezbollah warfare groups occupying Lebanon are the actors behind the humanitarian disaster and the economic disaster in Beirut that followed last Tuesday.
Launch The Times of Israel on Friday (7/8/2020), Israel denied speculation of its involvement in the Beirut explosion. This was followed by a statement from the Hezbollah group.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah insisted that neither Hezbollah nor Israel were involved.
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“I want to absolutely, emphatically rule out anything that belongs to us in the port (of Beirut). No guns, no missiles, or bombs or rifles or even bullets or ammonium nitrate,” Nasrallah said on Friday (7/8). 2020).
“Without anything to hide, nothing. Not now, not forever,” he continued.
However, the statement from the Hezbollah group is still not to be believed. Tracing previous events, where before the big explosion occurred, and after Hezbollah increased tensions with Israel, Nasrallah was prepared to deliver a speech to the Lebanese state on Wednesday (5/8/2020).
However, this intention was nevertheless carried out after suddenly a big explosion occurred at the port, which is the center for the procurement of goods in the Lebanese capital from abroad.
Long before the big explosion incident in Beirut, Nasrallah had threatened to target a chemical and oil refinery in the port of Haifa, Israel’s natural port in the Mediterranean Sea.
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The targeting was an attempt to create an explosion similar to that which had occurred in the port of Beirut. During the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, the Shia militant group fired hundreds of skirts into the port of Haifa.
Trying to counter the theory that Hezbollah had stored weapons in Beirut port to attack Haifa port, Hezbollah said he was not at all responsible for port activity and said he did not even know much about Beirut port.
“We don’t regulate the port, or manage it, nor do we interfere in it. We also don’t know what’s going on there … our responsibility is to fight (Israel’s) resistance. We know more about Haifa port than Beirut port. , “said Nasrallah.
Meanwhile in response to Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s allegations of foreign intervention, Nasrallah barely mentioned Israel during his speech.
“Those responsible will be treated like allies, a religion or a sect, it is irrelevant. Whoever they are, whatever their family or sect or party, justice must be served,” Nasrallah said.
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Nasrallah mentioned that the speculation about Hezbollah causing the big explosion in Beirut was politically motivated accusation, which only to blame Hezbollah, trying to “settle a political score”.
According to him, the direction to blame Hezbollah has been “from the start” thrown by the media and some “political forces”, since the explosion occurred.
“The bottom line is for these wrongdoers to always try to find something to blame Hezbollah on,” he said.
Nasrallah went on to remind all parties that the United States (US) had withdrawn its speculation about the “attack” factor behind the big explosion in Beirut.
Nasrallah called on all Lebanese sides to “put their conflict aside,” saying that the disaster had affected Lebanese citizens of all sects in the divided country.
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“We are facing terrible incidents, at humanitarian and national levels, in all their forms,” he said.
“There are dead and wounded from all sects … Beirut is the city of all Lebanese people, regardless of their religious or sectarian affiliation,” he added.
There is a regime crisis, there is a state crisis, there is even an existence crisis, “concluded Nasrallah. “If the Lebanese authorities fail in this task, there is no hope.”
Meanwhile, preliminary evidence released by Lebanese officials suggests that the explosion was due to a highly explosive 2,750 metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been left unattended in port for nearly six years.
There were documents from customs officials asking the authorities to remove thousands of tons of the explosive substance many times, but never received a reply.
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Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Friday morning (7/8/2020) that an investigation into the explosion was ongoing and did not rule out foreign involvement, although many said that was unlikely.
“The cause has not been determined. There is the possibility of external interference via rockets or bombs or other actions, “said Aoun.
He added that the examination was carried out in three levels. “First, how do the explosives get in and be stored. Second, whether the explosion was the result of negligence or accident, and the third is the possibility of outside interference, “he said.
The government has also promised an immediate investigation, but many Lebanese remain skeptical and say the Beirut port disaster is just a new case of the Lebonan government’s neglect and corruption that have plunged the country into its biggest crisis since the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war.
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