Most sensible explanation for Lebanese blast so far

From Yucki:

Comment:
LBCI: Preliminary information from security sources “speak of 2700 tons of seized ammonium in Beirut Port exploded in course of welding small opening to prevent theft.”

Earlier reports indicated the 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate were seized in 2013 aboard Moldovan ship heading to Africa. Stored in Beirut Port after seizure. Sparks from welding ignited fireworks, which then ignited the ammonium.
https://twitter.com/DavidADaoud/status/1290746369737728002
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Official statement, saying there were 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate at Beirut Port

Al-Jadeed attributing statement to Lebanese PM
@Hassan_B_Diab
saying he won’t rest until person responsible for presence of “shipment of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate for six yrs” in Beirut port “without precautionary procedures.”

https://twitter.com/DavidADaoud/status/1290759178760400908

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People are getting sick breathing fumes.
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Timour Azhari @timourazhari ·2h
#Breaking: Lebanon General Security chief says that 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate were in Beirut’s port on the way to Africa. They exploded. #BeirutBlast
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Travel – State Dept @TravelGov
#Beirut #Lebanon: We are closely following reports of an explosion at or near the Port of Beirut on Aug 4. There are reports of toxic gases released in the explosion so all in the area should stay indoors and wear masks if available.

Monitor local news, follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important information, and follow us on social media. We urge U.S. citizens in the affected areas who are safe to contact loved ones
directly and/or update their status on social media. If in the affected area and you need emergency services,contact local authorities; police can be contacted at 112, civil defense at 125, and the Lebanese Red Cross at 140.

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(Stay tuned for updates)

Large number of Al-Azhar imams protest in front of Russian Embassy

A couple of things that should be known to give context to this video.

The chopped Santa hat seen in this video can only be worn by a person who is a graduate of the most prestigious institute of Islamic learning in the world by literally an order of magnitude. To paraphrase Stephen Coughlin on this, where Al_Azhar is #1, there is no number 2 and so on down to about 12 where the next one is. Al-Azhar is essentially Oxford, Yale, Harvard and the Vatican rolled into one.

So when you see a Santa-parae like this one protesting in front of the Russian embassy, presumably about the bombing of the Islamic State, it becomes rather more difficult to claim that the Islamic State is not truly Islamic. Now I do not speak Arabic so its possible that in fact they are protesting the treatment of lab animals or GMO foods in Russia, but I would wager that when Rita Malek gets back to me on this, they are protesting Russian expeditions against IS targets.

It is also possible that judging by the signage they are spinning it as Russia supporting Assad and that is killing muslims or whatnot. But that is onion paper at best as many islamic groups have already sent out instructions for muslims to start attacking targets in Russia as a response to bombing IS targets.

 

Lebanese troops killed in clashes with Sunni radicals

Yahoo News:

Updated June 24, 2013, 11:11 pm

Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Sunni radicalsAFP © Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Sunni radicals

SIDON, Lebanon (AFP) – Sixteen soldiers have been killed in clashes with supporters of a radical Sunni cleric in southern Lebanon, the army said Monday, in violence tied to rising sectarian tensions fanned by the Syria conflict.

The fighting began on Sunday on the outskirts of the city of Sidon and intensified on Monday, residents and local media said.

The security cabinet, including Lebanon’s army chief, pledged the military would fight until it “finishes with” Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.

A military judge issued a warrant for the controversial cleric’s arrest, a judicial source said.

The violence is among the worst in Lebanon since the start of the Syrian conflict, which has inflamed sectarian tensions in the country, particularly between Shiite supporters of the Damascus regime and Sunni backers of the uprising.

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“Sheikh Assir will stay in the mosque until the last drop of blood.”

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Syrian jet flies into Lebanon, fires missile

Yahoo News:

ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) – A Syrian jet flew 20 km (12 miles) into Lebanon and fired a missile into a field on the outskirts of the border town of Arsal on Wednesday but caused no casualties, witnesses said.

Lebanon has maintained a policy of “dissociation” from Syria’s two-year-old conflict. But many Lebanese officials feel their country is increasingly at risk of being dragged into the civil war, which the United Nations says has killed 70,000 people.

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have fired mortars into and occasionally entered Lebanese territory in pursuit of rebels. They threatened to carry out air strikes in Lebanon last month.

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Small bag of bell peppers causes Lebanese shopper to call in the army. AND THEY COME!

This story is worth seeing for it’s raw stupidity. Imagine finding a grocery item that was perfectly fine to eat but its national origin offended you, so the actual ARMY comes in to inspect it. I shudder to think of what kind of camouflage the Lebanese army must wear in order to hide in a grocery store. High heels and a hijab I suppose.

H/T Magic Martin

Lebanon Daily Star:

Israeli produce discovered in south Lebanon shopJanuary 01, 2013 11:36 AMBy Mohammed Zaatari A photo of the Israeli produce in Spinneys taken via a cell phone in south Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)A photo of the Israeli produce in Spinneys taken via a cell phone in south Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)A+A-

SIDON, Lebanon: A Lebanese shopper discovered several food items made in Israel in one of Lebanon’s largest retailers Tuesday.

While shopping at Spinneys in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who preferred to remain anonymous, discovered a bag of three kinds of peppers made in Israel.

He immediately contacted local authorities who in turn contacted the Lebanese Army.

Members of military intelligence and police arrived to Spinneys to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.

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Bombing in Lebanon a targeted assassination of Lebanese security chief

from STRATFOR:

The death of a senior Lebanese intelligence official in the Oct. 19bombing in central Beirut appears now to have been a targeted assassination. The official, Lebanese Internal Security Forces chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, was directly involved in providing logistical and supply-line support in Lebanon for the rebel Free Syrian Army, which is attempting to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. The assassination was likely intended to disrupt the Syrian rebels’ support networks — as well as to trigger a series of retaliatory strikes against Syrian assets and allies and to spark a broader increase in sectarian conflict in Lebanon.

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Hezbollah confirms it sent drone downed over Israel

Reuters:

A still image taken from Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) video footage shows what they say is a small unidentified aircraft shot down in a mid-air interception after it crossed into southern Israel October 6, 2012. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on October 11, 2012, sending a drone aircraft which was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles (55 km) into Israel. Image taken October 6, 2012. REUTERS/IDF via Reuters TV

A still image taken from Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) video footage shows what they say is a small unidentified aircraft shot down in a mid-air interception after it crossed into southern Israel October 6, 2012. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on October 11, 2012, sending a drone aircraft which was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles (55 km) into Israel. Image taken October 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/IDF via Reuters TV

By Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT | Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:49pm EDT

(Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged on Thursday sending a drone aircraft that was shot down last weekend after flying some 25 miles into Israel.

Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the drone’s parts were manufactured in Iran and it was assembled by members of the Shi’ite Muslim militant movement in Lebanon. He confirmed a statement by Israel’s prime minister earlier in the day saying that Hezbollah was behind the drone flight.

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Two countries have instructed their embassies to have all their nationals leave Lebanon immediatly.

According to Stratfor, both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are urging their nationals to leave Lebanon due to threats of kidnappings of Suni Muslims presumably by Syrian regime loyalists. I’m not 100% clear on the rationale yet but it is interesting that both nations have issued this warning to all their citizens within hours of each other.

 

 

Lebanon to boost army presence on border with Syria

Yaliban.com:

JULY 10, 2012 ? 7:05 AM ? POST A COMMENT

The Cabinet met on Monday and approved a plan to boost the presence of the Lebanese Army along the northern border with Syria and recommended expanding an investigation into the May killing by the army of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel-Wahed a prominent anti-Assad cleric and his bodyguard Mohammad Hussein al-Mereb.

The decision comes after reports of repeated Syrian incursions into Lebanese territories . Last week Syrian shelling killed two Lebanese in the Wadi Khaled border region .

Information Minister Walid Daouk told reporters at the end of the session that the Cabinet decided to “task the justice minister with asking the general prosecutor to directly supervise the investigations

A delegation of Akkar MPs met on Monday with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda palace and asked him to refer the case of the killing of the Sunni cleric and his bodyguard to the Judicial Council . They had threatened civil disobedience, including sit-ins near the Grand Serail and Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s residence, if no action is taken in this regard.

Akkar MP Khaled Daher described the Cabinet’s decisions as positive. “But we prefer that the case be referred to the Justice Council,” Daher told the Future TV.

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