Battle of Lebanon New Beirut Port Fire, Downs Israel Drone as Crisis Continues


Lebanon extinguished another fire on the same port on Thursday, which devastated a large part of Beirut from a major explosion a month earlier, as the military also announced that it had seen an Israeli drone flying over its southern border had dropped.

The Lebanese Armed Forces announced on Thursday that its military police had opened an investigation into an explosion that exploded at an oil and tire storage site at the port of Beirut.

Acting Transport Minister Michelle Najjar placed the location “far from warehouse number 12”, where about 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate ignited and exploded last month, causing an explosion that killed at least 190 people, injured thousands and There was widespread destruction.

Najjar said that while initial indications suggested that hell had begun with routine maintenance work, the same prevailing theory provided for the final disaster.

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Although he said the latest fire appeared to be under control, a city still remains on edge since the August explosion, as citizens who had windows after the last eruption wondered if they had been attacked by an invasion of their habitat. Close to avoid toxic-smelling fumes, or open them once again to prevent a possible shockwave so that the edges of the glass pierce, causing untold damage.

Last week, the Lebanese Armed Forces announced the discovery of 4.35 metric tons or about 4.8 tons of ammonium nitrate during an inspection of four containers at entry number 9 of Beirut harbor.

On September 10, a helicopter takes to the water to respond to a huge explosion at the port of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. A structure caught fire at the city’s heavily damaged port facility, replacing last month’s explosion that killed more than 190 people.
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The latest frustrations have eased a deep lack of public confidence in officials, who have failed to improve long-standing infrastructure, or revive a quickly collapsing economy that is a novel coronovirus pandemic. Is contracted by the fall of.

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And yet another threat remains, it is from outside the country.

As emergency services struggled to extinguish the fire at the Port of Beirut, the Lebanese army announced that it had dropped an Israeli drone flying into the southern village of Etawah Shab, which also dropped the Aita ash-shaab. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed the incident shortly after the incident.

“Recently, during an IDF operation on the Lebanese border, an IDF glider fell into Lebanese territory,” the IDF said in a statement. “There is no fear of information being leaked.”

The Lebanese army reported additional incursions from “Israel’s enemy belonging to two war planes”, with flights across the country, including the village of Alma al-Shab and the city of Chekka to the north and the southern city of Rameish. Kefar Fort near the border.

The Lebanese army said that UN interim force personnel in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had been informed and were following the reports.

In a statement sent later Newsweek, UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenanti confirmed receiving reports of the incident saying that “at around 5:20 pm yesterday, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) informed us that it had shot down a drone coming from Israel that Violated the Blue Line. The general area of ​​the rectangle ash-shab in southern Lebanon. ”

“A UNIFIL team visited the site and inspected the drone that LAF claimed to be down,” he said. “UNIFIL is following up with IDF to confirm the identity of the drone in the interrogation and has started an investigation into the incident.”

As Israeli warplanes asked for overhead, their disregard for international law led UNIFIL to report these “almost daily” flights to UNIFIL.

He stated, “The continued violation of Lebanese airspace by Israeli aircraft constitutes a violation of 1701 (2006) and Lebanese sovereignty. Such violations increase tensions and potentially trigger incidents that hostility between Lebanon and Israel. Can be eliminated, ”he said. Newsweek.

“They are in violation of our objectives and efforts to reduce tensions in southern Lebanon and establish a stable security environment. The Secretary-General has on numerous occasions condemned all violations of Lebanese sovereignty, while violating Lebanese airspace from Israel. Has called for a halt. ” According to Resolution 1701, “he said.

The disputed border between Israel and Lebanon has been the site of many wars and recurring conflicts, most recently between Israel and the Lebanese Iran-backed Shia Muslim Hezbollah movement.

Hezbollah commanded an extensive arsenal and activities with a powerful military force that extended into neighboring Syria, where Israel launched attacks against positions suspected of being linked to Iran. Its leader, general secretary Hasan Nasrallah, has vowed to avenge the death of the Hizbollah fighter during an Israeli raid near Damascus in July.

In later weeks, Israel twice accused Hezbollah of attempting to infiltrate the disputed Blue Line that still technically separates the two countries into war.

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions against two former Lebanese ministers Yusuf Finnius and Ali Hasan Khalil because of their allies with Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist organization. Hezbollah’s dominant role in the Lebanese government and has contributed to American reluctance to provide long-term assistance to the troubled country.

This is a developing news. More information will be added as it becomes available.