mercoledì 5 agosto 2020

The devastation could accelerate Lebanon's economic collapse and cause unrest. Did Hezbollah cause the explosion to intimidate its political opponents by defragging 3,000 kg of ammonium nitrate in the warehouse or is a random welding the real cause?

The devastation could accelerate Lebanon's economic collapse and cause unrest. Did Hezbollah cause the explosion to intimidate its political opponents by defragging 3,000 kg of ammonium nitrate in the warehouse or is a random welding the real cause?

 According to Lebanese officials, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in warehouse 12 in the port of Beirut exploded in unclear circumstances. The explosion is likely to exacerbate Lebanon's slide into economic collapse, fueling further social tensions and civil unrest in the country.

 One of the conspiracy theories that Hezbollah caused the explosion to intimidate its political opponents, but an attack of this magnitude seems inconvenient for the group. In 2013, Lebanese officials seized ammonium nitrate aboard a Moldovan-flagged ship, captained by a Russian citizen, en route to Africa. Since then, that 2,750-ton load of explosives in comparison, the amount is 200 times the explosive material used in the 1983 Beirut Barracks bombing, and 1,375 times the amount used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has remained stored and protected in improper way, within Beirut Seaport 12 warehouse.

One explanation is that dock workers who welded a hole in the storage facility triggered a chain reaction that resulted in the massive explosion.

 The decimation of the port of Beirut will have a serious impact on the already rampant food shortage in Lebanon, particularly as the country imports 80% of its food, one that will not be alleviated by diverting shipments into the port of Tripoli. In addition, the explosion made Beirut's granaries unusable.

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