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Tons of ammonium nitrate found near scene of Beirut port explosion
"The Lebanese military has discovered several more tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate at the port. Lebanese Armed forces announced Thursday these last hours that his army engineering regiment discovered more than four metric tons of ammonium nitrate during an inspection of four containers at conducted at the request of Beirut supports Customs authorities at entrance number nine. This did not explode on August 4th when 2900 tons of ammonium nitrate badly damaged the city. And the people of Lebanon known Sark. It's a very good evening to this fresh news about more ammonium nitrate has it has it made people want to leave Beirut? Are they alarmed that there will even be another explosion? Good evening. Good morning to you until now. Benny Benny said that there is no any evidence that there were either. Uh it was not my meaning by Ah lately, right? And this time they said that there was no weapon. Before the warehouse where there were those of a monument on the fourth. Onda American. Ah Continuing their investigations that I and they did not reach any clues yet. I think the first reason off this explosion is Asian and the corruption off the Benin. All government that village politicians, Lebanese institution, and that's why I think The government. Now they are forced Go back a big investigation. I don't know if it was going to reach something to conclude something, or you wouldn't have had a few months. What's this time? I think The energy is so big the muscle floods What's so big? They have to do something with the off the French novel, which are supported by the U. S. I don't know if they reach something. You have always been being in Beirut now on Ah, leading journalists. You've always given us very cogent assessments of tell us Now we hear the Lebanese government the economies and collapse. The government just switched. What is the status of Hezbollah? After this disaster, we know that there was a lot of public criticism. And what is the change in government mean for that relationship? When I think the made the big mistake when he decided not to be the one off. I need influence on the government and the critical situation. When he decided to me. A bomb off the government and Toby in the government and before the government, which is ah, supported by the Syrian but majority ofthe law. This is the same because mouth if he hasn't said. That is a lot off criticism and, ah, depending Christian community, That is when you suddenly called limit of any community. But I don't Aah! Haston enjoy Ah, off the Shia community In general. The flight from ah, small percentage off those in our community. This is not going not going to see that the French, uh before the president came too available. Wait. I have money, onion. That statement off in or around the farmer from financial efficient, saying that Give me They would try to need one off the Lebanese demands, which is to make a new AH first refugee and Sinn Fein two needle official off the hands of Hezbollah. When president cocaine to live alone in office that he made militant its life changed, But in fact it was not like he said. The people we've met. That lead. Angela is a political party he presented in the parliament. He had me but now we have other things to live with that Hezbollah and the other part is living up. Ah, you mean he political leader, Big ones A program if land for the government on the would have to wait and see It is nothing. That is why there is some sort of difference between the position with us on the position of France a lot of this issue. The French and I needed a presentation on Hezbollah and the new government. The French A fraction of its not there, not ah against the service inspiration, but in fact what the government they want to see in Middleton is a government specialist and independent. Not everybody knows that even though we have no independent, you have no people. We have people, even if they're not members ofthe Lahore, Lebanese forces or other I mean, ah, coming. How did it so I don't think this is going to Let's wait and see. But I'm not so
Lebanon tribunal names 4 suspects in Hariri killing
"Is more than. Fifteen years since Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic, Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb along with twenty one others. Later today an international caught near The Hague will hand down verdicts in the trial of four people accused of planning and carrying out the attack the four accused of of the Iran backed militia and political party. Hasballah. Hezbollah itself is not formally accused. Well, let's hear from the journalist and multiple twenty four regular contributor in Beirut Leyla Milana Allen Lali you're standing outside the very hotel in front of which Rafic Hariri was killed. What sense is in Beirut today that the justice will be done. There is very little sense. the families, all of the twenty one people other than because eighty who were killed as well as the nearly three hundred injured have waited as you say, over fifteen years justice taking a very long time this commission to come through with this, and the problems are a few of course many people here feel that the responsibility lies with the Syrian regime and through has through then has one. and. The five men on trial here all labeled as Hezbollah supporters because they found it very difficult to actually find evidence to show that they his bumbling members because, of course. Is So secretive I'm one of the biggest problems is that must have budgeted dean who was the main sort of ringleader debt these indictments who was accused of having set. The whole thing was known very well as the military imam to Hezbollah was killed in two thousand sixteen an attack on Damascus APP while his was helping Bashar Assad's regime with the wool there. So he was the one person who is very easy to link to Hezbollah and the only evidence they have all circumstantial evidence from these mobile phone networks. So as we expected, the indictment will come through the verdict will. Saying that before remaining men all guilty lane attempts about those who are accused of the murder of the prime minister. said a five men who stand accused have all been labeled Hezbollah supporters and that's because it's incredibly difficult to prove that they were in fact, Hezbollah members everyone in Lebanon believes that that. The majority of people believe that Kennedy was assassinated at because he was starting to pull away from supporting the Syrian regime who'd had troops stationed in Lebanon nearly thirty years all the way through the civil war and afterwards, and of course, we now know that Hezbollah very heavily H. Two zero. But this was all just sort of starting not link between Syria and Iran and Hezbollah but the main man was accused of being the ringleader. Organized the whole nation is most of that that the WHO was very well known as the head of the military wing of Hezbollah but he was killed in two, thousand sixteen and attacks Damascus Apple, which means he's no longer in the indictments and he was the only person. It was very easy to direct the link because there was evidence that he walls a top commander in. Bola. So I, the that means that it's very unlikely has itself will be named in the verdict today it will simply be. These men and then these men haven't been found the Lebanese government has been able to find. Her Bella is a big portion Lebanese government and the chief of Hezbollah nationalize long maintained that he absolutely does not see any of independence in this inquiry he says that it's funded by Israel and he says that there is no way that they will ever hand over these suspects old they will ever be found and historic has very good at hiding its top guys who've been involved in operations in. Lebanon in Syria and even Iran many think that these four worship over to Iran. So even if that comes through in the verdict is guilty as we expect, there's not really going to be any justice indeed has on Rolla said that Hezbollah isn't worried or isn't remotely concerned with today's verdicts but what will the repercussions be? The repercussions are unlikely to be much at this point, and that's for a few reasons I, Ne- as I said standing outside the. Hotel, which at the time in two, thousand and five win this thousand kilograms of TNT when pages devastating crater in the middle of the road and destroying all the buildings around loons lodge in the public consciousness here you there had been assassinations in the years off the list of this by the largest active. So many people because whoever was responsible really wasn't taking any chances and it was enormous copy. And other than the two thousand, six war with Israel, which was very different because it's a war in terms of an explosion going off in a very recognizable. Popular Ponte. out of nowhere that was the one that was remembered. Of course, until two weeks ago, two, thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. In the port, just a few hundred meters down the road from this hotel. Injuring seven thousand people or more chilling up to two hundred, and still don't have a full body copy. What is still missing Susan now is far more would have. Done that assassination the other thing is that at the time, it was very shocking that people. Had Eighty was really associated with post for Lebanon. He was the symbol of course will Lebanon deeply loved by international leaders around the world as well as many Lebanese and so the idea that the Syrian regime would dad's kill him has would dare to kill him with. So shocking even though of course, assassinations were quite common but he was he was such. An important figure now firstly, since then of course, we've seen brushing Alaska wage a almost decade long bloody war against his own citizens in Syria we've seen very clearly now those strong legs between Hezbollah Syria and Iran Hezbollah work soldiers full bachelor says regime in the civil war in Syria. So nobody would be remote. You surprised now that that they all responsible. And the other issue of course is the fact that. Sad had eighty I think Kennedy some kind of stepped in his stead very much because he was the son and that's why he was given so much faith especially young age and has become such an important figure in politics here. But in the last year, we've seen a rudy seismic shift in Lebanese. Politics. People say that happens every fifteen years the lost round with two, thousand, five, thousand, and six before the civil war ended in one, thousand, nine, hundred before about. It started in nineteen, seventy five, and now of two, thousand, one, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty weeks but newest protest movement Saudi the is very much seen as one of those political elites people out. So the younger generation at least don't have that same attachment to the family and time to seeing them as such an important force a good and for future movements, which is what that party is called Ford Movement in Lebanon So really this bird apartment, of course for the families. Of those killed and injured is not really going to have that much of an impact with so much else going on right now.
Lebanon's government steps down in wake of Beirut blast
"This week, Lebanon's government resigned amid mounting anger over the explosion that devastated parts of Beirut and left more than 200 people dead. The announcement was made on television on Monday evening, Courtney Is this an act of self sacrifice herself preservation. S o. I mean, the announcement was not what you would expect if a prime minister actually came out and berated Lebanon's ruling a political leader for fostering and promoting corruption. And said, You know, we tried to do our best but way we can't. We can't fight it. Um, and it's it's interesting because he's only been in that position. For what about eight months now he's only been in there this year. So I the the problem is You know, the president has asked the government to stay in a caretaker capacity while new government is formed. So the we're still going to see these same people running the government for most likely for awhile, because the way that they form a government there is if it's anything like what they went through last year in 2019 It's going to take months while they while they the Parliament determines who is going to be a new prime minister. But the issue is even with a new government thes. These underlying problems of corruption are going to still Be there. The issues that the people in Lebanon have with their government didn't start with this horrific explosion. Last explosions last week they began last year last October. Lebanon's currency began just losing value dramatically losing value and protests began Then since then, their currencies lost about 70% of its value. Poverty is soaring. The World Bank is projecting that more than half of the country's population will be considered poor by the end of this year. And and the explosions at the port. This is devastating explosion. Only exacerbated that, as did Corona virus. So the people there are desperate for good leadership, and the reality is the way that the government is set up. There's going to be a parliaments goingto have to appoint a new prime minister. But there's going to be delays. There's going to be gridlock and doing that. And the new government is not going to be going to see some end the systemic corruption that the people are are desperate to see end and to see some real leadership in their country. In what world is the international community have to play here? No. There were concerns about eight coming in tow Lebanon and that aid being misused. But according to the Economist, 11 these currency has lost 80% of its value since October. Inflation is at 90%. As Courtney said, people are deeply in trouble. So what's the path ahead? Absolutely, You know, the international community has a huge role to play potentially, you know, we saw in the kind of immediate aftermath when these protests could have began. You know, against the corruption and mismanagement and just incompetence. Really. Of the Lebanese government. We saw even you know thousands of of Lebanese signing a petition literally asking France to basically reimpose the mandate and take over control of the country for the next 10 years. Right, Remember, you know, France used to have the mandate over Lebanon and run things. The idea that people would essentially beg for a return to colonial era rule is just is such a stark Kind of clarifying moment to realize just how bad things have gotten Lebanon and you know the international community we saw we saw the French president Emmanuel Macron. Come, Teo, the streets of Beirut and walk around and people were literally saying, Please help us. Please help us so France, in particular, has a huge role to play here in terms of how they help aid how they help work with the government to form potentially new structures, But but we'll see what happens. A lot of this depends on what the government and the political players, including Hezbollah do inside Lebanon.
Lebanon Prime Minister and Government Step Down After Beirut Explosion
"Week since a powerful explosion devastated Beirut, killing more than 160 people and injuring more than 6000. Dozens are still missing. Correspondent Giordano Miller reports. Ongoing street protests call for political reform Anger is still rife in the streets of Beirut, despite the resignation of the Lebanese prime minister and his government protesters and many residents say the political move doesn't go far enough in addressing years of endemic corruption and negligence, but they say culminated in the hole. Verifying blast one week ago. More protests are expected calls growing louder now for the resignation of President Michelle Own documents show own was warned as recently as July about the dangers of the ammonium nitrate stored at the port that is just weeks before it exploded. Lebanese government has rejected calls for an international investigation.
Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast.
"On the economy is impossible to comprehend. Lebanon's prime minister stepped down from his job on Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that is triggered public outrage saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is bigger than the state. The move risks opening the way to drag out negotiations over a new cabinet amid urgent coals for reform, it follows a weekend of anti-government protests after the August fourth explosion in Beirut's port that decimated the facility and caused widespread destruction killing at least one hundred and sixty people and injuring six thousand others in a brief televised speech off to three of his ministers resigned Prime Minister Sandy. APP, said he and his government was stepping down the moment typified Lebanon's political drama since October that has been mass demonstrations demanding the departure of the entire sectarian based leadership over entrenched corruption, incompetence and mismanagement, but the ruling oligarchy has held onto power for so long since the end of the civil war in one thousand. Thousand Nine hundred ninety that it's difficult to find a credible political figures untainted by connections to it. Diab blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the quake that hit Lebanon after the Catastrophe Diab who was a professor at the American University of Beirut? Before he took the job at sought to stay on for two months to organize new parliamentary elections and allow a map for reforms. But the pressure from within his own cabinet proved to be too much his government which was dominated by the Hezbollah militant group and its allies and seen as one-sided was basically doomed from the start tasked with meeting demands for reform. But made up of
Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger
"The government of Lebanon has resigned after last week's devastating explosion in Beirut. Cabinet quit amid rising public anger at the blast, which is now responsible for at least 200 deaths and the destruction of a large part of the city. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said. It is the biggest disaster in recent Lebanese history. And blamed corrupt political elites for sabotaging his
Lebanese PM steps down after deadly blasts and protests
"The week after the deadly explosion in Beirut's the Lebanese governments has collapsed, Lebanon's prime minister announcing that he and his Cabinet all resigning Saying a massive explosion in the capital Beirut six days ago was the result ofthe endemic corruption. The decision coming after a weekend of protests, crowds, blaming the blast on corruption and negligence. Among Lebanon's ruling elite. At this, 163 people were killed and 6000 injured but forming a new government. Could take
Beirut residents demand Lebanese government take responsibility after explosion
"On in Beirut the public anger is mounting his residents their demand that the Lebanese government take responsibility for the deadly explosion that killed 150 people and injured 5000. On Tuesday. Correspondent NTS Tayeb Is in the Lebanese capital with this on the rising tensions in the city. Across the shattered city, our armies of young volunteers armed with brooms, brushes and dust pans, sweeping away glass and debris. All on their own. The government is doing nothing. We are doing everything help us. The epicenter of the blast has become something of a morbid meeting point for survivors Find that is underground, including Tatiana hostility. His father worked at the port. He and many others are still missing since the
Lebanese anti-government protesters storm foreign ministry
"Situation in Beirut is getting more dangerous. As throngs of angry protesters called for the resignation of Lebanon's president, Reuters is reporting that dozens of them have entered the premises of the Foreign Ministry. You have troops in Martyr Square that are clashing with tens of thousands of protein. Esther's who are calling for the resignation of Lebanese President Michelle All We know right now about the situation in the square is that Lebanese government is trying to push all of the military resource is they can to this area because it is such a large group of people. Fox says. Trade gangs to the outrage is the result of Tuesday's explosion that killed more than 150 people.
Beirut explosion: Angry protesters enter foreign ministry
"In Beirut is getting more dangerous. As throngs of angry protesters called for the resignation of Lebanon's president, Reuters is reporting that dozens of them have entered the premises of the Foreign Ministry. You have troops in Martyr Square that are clashing with tens of thousands of protesters who are calling for the resignation of Lebanese President Michelle All We know right now about the situation in the square is that the Lebanese government is trying to push All of the military resource is they can to this area because it is such a large group of people Fox's trade gangs. The outrage is the result of Tuesday's explosion that killed more than 150 people. America's
Beirut explosion: Angry protesters enter foreign ministry
"Situation in Beirut is getting more dangerous. As throngs of angry protesters called for the resignation of Lebanon's president, Reuters is reporting that dozens of them have entered the premises of the Foreign Ministry. You have troops in Martyr Square that are clashing with tens of thousands of protesters who are calling for the resignation of Lebanese President Michelle All We know right now about the situation in the square is that the Lebanese government is trying to push All of the military resource is they can to this area because it is such a large group of people Fox's trade gangs. The outrage is the result of Tuesday's explosion that killed more than 150 people.
Beirut Digs for Survivors as Death Toll in Explosion Rises
"Responders in Beirut are still looking for survivors after a massive explosion Tor, the city's port on Tuesday, at least 150 people are dead and another 5000 are injured. Hundreds of thousands are homeless. Indira. What do we know about how this happened? Well, we know that there was an explosion that seems to have been two explosions on dit was really caused by a 2750 ton stockpile of ammonium nitrate. Which is a really explosive chemical that is often used as a fertilizer. To have this amount of ammonium nitrate stored in a port is really kind of stunning and I'm sure we'll get to it, but it's linked to protests that we've now already seen in Beirut among Lebanese who are already upset about government corruption. Government mismanagement, political and economic problems. And this just looks like one thing on top of that. That since 2013 so we're talking seven years this ammonium nitrate has been stored in a warehouse at the port when a Russian owned vessel stopped in Beirut, and then the ship was abandoned. So how is it that for seven years this has been sitting there. And no one has done anything about it. Even though Port officials had apparently written many memos asking, how is this going to be disposed of? I mean, just to give listeners a general sense. This is essentially like fertilizer, which you know, we know is quite explosive. And National Geographic had a really interesting story out yesterday where we talked about Just all the chemistry behind this and why it was so deadly and it's happened before in other places in this country, and by the way listeners may remember the horrible Oklahoma City terrorist attack that was an intentional bombing, but it was made out for the same chemical ammonium nitrate will French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut on Thursday to mixed reactions. For the past years. Mick Howard. Lebanon's leaders responding Very defensively. I mean, this is a level of governance, apathy, governance and aptitude that that is simply difficult to comprehend. You know, as Indira was saying, this has been In the port for six or seven years, senior Customs officials are saying claiming that they warned about the danger of having so much Ammonium nitrate at the port, a handful of times the judiciary onto port officials, and they got no response. So many people in Lebanon are talking about a level of criminal negligence. Today, authorities say that they're going to Interview the head of the port, the head of customs on We'll see what comes of that. But at this point, the Lebanese people are so sick. Of a level of corruption and the love of kind of a corrupt core of the entire political class. And that's why this was recently compared to share noble. The idea that this exposes that corrupt core of the government could lead to government and falling again. We saw the government fall again fall last year, replaced by a technocratic successor. This year. Or we could just see increased anger that leads to no reform. But at the very least, this is proving eso awfully so tragically, some of the in confidence at the core of the Lebanese government Nancy talk a little bit more about what comes next with the layer the level of anger so high with the government even before this disaster, What are you going to be watching for in the region? That's a great question. And I should say I have almost bias has spent five holidayed in Lebanon as recently as last year and holds a very special place in my heart and so to see the devastation is just breathtaking. You got it earlier. You know this is a country where people were suffering tremendously before this explosion. This is a country ruled the value of its current had dropped by 80% in the last year. People were hungry. The Lebanese cannot afford. To do the kinds of repairs to their country to their city. In the wake of this bombing, many could not afford to eat before this, And so I think long term, the question becomes, Will we see fundamental changes in the government? In the system in Lebanon because we've heard about port officials being on house arrest or having their assets frozen, but those air sort of on the edges in terms of the issues in Lebanon, the fundamental issues governance. You were asking earlier about the Lebanese reaction on Ly, the Lebanese mayor has walked the streets. There's been no resignations. There's been no sort of out point, even the trash that people are gathering from the debris pile up, and there's no government trash service to pick it up. And so these air Corps problems with the the governance of the country, and so I think for the Lebanese unless there are fundamental changes to that Such that when someone reports thousands of tons of nitrate is near the city center that it's dealt with and not ignored repeatedly over and over again, and so, what we're looking for is whether we're going to see fundamental changes and how the system Operates.
A Russian ship's cargo of dangerous ammonium nitrate was stranded in Beirut port for years
"The Lebanese government, which has come under criticism for the storage of the explosive material blame for the blasts, has now launched an investigation. The ammonium nitrate came from a cargo vessel owned by a Russian businessman. It was impounded seven years ago after the ship made an unplanned stop in Beirut, and it was then
beirut explosion latest news
"Some exercises in perspective the IRA bomb which severely damaged Canary Wharf in London in Nineteen ninety-six was estimated at just over one ton of ammonium nitrate Timothy McVeigh's bomb which demolished a federal government building in Oklahoma City in nineteen ninety-five was just over two tons of the same material. The boss which erupted in Beirut's port on Tuesday was estimated at two. Thousand seven hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. One of the biggest peacetime non nuclear explosions in history as Bhai. Route begins the barely imaginable task of cleaning up and is understandably enough growing tear gas was fired yesterday at protesters near the parliament building I'm joined. Now by Lila Milana, Allen France twenty four's correspondent in Beirut Leyla. First of all, you have been visiting the port which was the epicenter of the explosion. I can't begin to imagine where you would even describe such scene but I'm going to ask you to have a crack at doing that the scene is as you say, almost indescribable does smoke still rising from the charred MBA's off. Destroyed packing crates destroyed shelving and it says every kind of. Utility things you'd expect to see in shops. Twisted. Washing machines on the floor items from pharmacies because this of course port, this is the one thirty functional in Lebanon imposed everything and everything was stored than in the center. You have the remains of these enormous grain silos that carried the grain for the majority of the country completely destroyed and parts of them. Still collapsing there you have a aid workers desperately trying to dig people of rubble that's thirty meters deep, and the conditions are horrific temperatures of thirty degrees baking hot sun. The air is thick and brown the smell acrid burning metal and plastic. It really is post-apocalyptic and this goes on for over a mile. Entire poor is just smoking twisted metal and daybreak. Nash. have. You got a clear sense of how widespread the damage across Beirutis. How far can you go from the blast without seeing broken windows? So it. was about nine kilometers where we're still doing things like breaking windows the impact of it and having people. That's it really has spread incredibly far, and it's an uneven spread as well because. What's happened is that the grain ciders positioned in a certain way which meant that it protected half of the city of West Beirut, which historically has in many disasters. Conflicts actually born the brunt of of problems in Beirut and actually deflected the majority of the blast towards the East and the south, which is why a famous areas like Gymnasium Ohio Asha fear completely The buildings there obliterated and one of the concerns now is a lot of. Buildings the older buildings in Beirut the few buildings left in the east of in pre-civil war, which were much loved already, quite delicate on the point of collapse yesterday as people were trying to clear the streets constantly civil defense volunteers trying to pull people back away from these buildings with balconies hanging down stone starting to crumble because of course, that's a huge dangerous. People are still sifting through rubble trying to find loved ones that buildings could. New Buildings that had not yet collapsed could collapse on top of the other issue is that the new builds a lot of them are concrete and speaking to an engineer what can happen with concrete is that with a shockwave blast like this concrete cracks easily under pressure and so that can be in tunnel cracks there that you don't know about in can't be seen from the outside, but the make the building unstable and because there's really been. Very, little help from the government with people trying to go back into their homes, clear up and see what they can retrieve and whether their homes are still livable. Many people going back into very unstable buildings and some living there because they have no other former shelter. So a real risk of further injury as buildings might potentially collapse over the next few days very similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, which is what this is compared to. A among the people who was serving the damage in Beirut yesterday was of course, President Emmanuel Macron of France undertaking a extraordinary spontaneous visit. How is that being received? I mean, it's it's understandable enough that Lebanese politicians don't want to interact at a personal level with the public at the not only for their own safety but is it being regarded as strange that the first high profile politician to to take a walkabout should be the president of an entirely different country? Well, it is strange, but it's not being regarded as strange. I was down on the street yesterday when McCone was was walking through glad-handing the crowd I mean, he really was you know playing up to it and was supposed to be going to Baabda Palace, the Presidential Palace to meet with politicians and delayed that for an extra hour on the schedule to stay with Lebanese people in the streets of course, playing up very much. The fact that he was there to see them he'd said before the visit my main priorities to go and be with the people of Lebanon. And extend, solidarity's to them, and then after that I will be dealing with the political varieties speaking to them. So in the streets, he was absolutely mobbed by people he's hugging people shaking hands with them people coming up tim saying, please don't give those politicians any money that corrupt criminals we don't trust them and he responded to one woman I know you don't trust them graffiti everywhere saying don't give one. Euro. To those Michael help us. So he really did make himself as I say a man of the people yesterday I spoke to a couple of young women afterwards. WHO said to me? That man was more of a leader to us in fifteen minutes than any of our politicians have been where all day no one has come to see us where are they wears the help and later in the day after a lot of commentary that. The. Obviously. Lebanese politicians feeding quite shamefaced one. The justice minister did come down to the streets to try and speak to people clearing up and she had water thrown in her face and chanting protest. Immediately, they're not welcome and that people absolutely fading that the government has no interest in safety in their health in their wellbeing and their ability to rebuild hiding away from them as everybody marshals together to try and get things. Back to nothing like normal but something livable at least just to follow that up finally, regular listeners may recall that you and I were speaking on Monday talking about the resignation of Lebanon's foreign minister and that seemed like a pretty big story at the time He's probably ruin his timing at this point but have you seen or heard anything in terms of actual messaging attempts to help or anything from the alleged government of Lebanon or d you kind of assume that they've all got to the point where they just realized the games up nobody really wants to hear from them anymore. It's quite extraordinary. There is honesty nothing happening in terms of that what the government is doing a lot of finger pointing at each other and previous administrations about who's to blame for this they've put everybody associated with the report under house arrest and saying that they're going to find the perpetrators. But of course, everybody's saying somebody else's the perpetrator on what we know so far it seems that for six years has been ongoing negligence at the highest. Level where a several reports were were built up by the head of the port and have customs sent to the government center the Prime Minister's Office the judiciary about the fact that this was a ticking time bomb and something has to be done completely ignored. So the government is going on about this investigation saying they'll find responsible meanwhile three hundred, thousand people in Beirut homeless, five, thousand injured hundreds still missing, and honestly all you can see on the streets is volunteers. The. Lebanese. breath volunteers, obviously with their ambulances civil defence wanting tears, young people armed with spades and rooms marching down the street just going into people's homes into buildings and sweeping up what they can and moving onto the next one cleaning up themselves. They all said to me of course not here we wouldn't expect anything else from them with the only people who can help ourselves and today international aid. Groups coming in different countries, sending their own firefighters medical support in, and still a complete absence of the Lebanese government anywhere except the poor area learn Milana Allen in Beirut thank you very much for joining us.
Beirut death toll tops 130 as port officials are arrested
"Questions remain over. What caused that massive explosion in Beirut's investigators are looking into why such a vast quantity of ammonium nitrate was allowed to sit in a warehouse close to the city centre for six years in the Lebanese government has now arrested arrested the the official official responsible responsible for for offering offering that that port port New New numbers numbers show show At At least least 137 137 people people were were killed killed in in about about 5000 5000 injured. injured. Venus Venus LM LM The The director director of of the the Lebanese Lebanese American Foundation, says she's heading to Beirut to help Our home is, ah is not habitable. It's very it's destroyed. Now. It's not just the glasses, the foundations, the walls are all cracked on DH. There's a lot of cleanup that needs to happen. Hospitals already overwhelmed with Corona virus, patients were inundated with new ones bloodied from the blast. CBS news correspondent Laura Podesta and
A broken system, a broken city: Beirut
"In Beirut yesterday countless people began the painful work of fixing homes devastated by a massive explosion on Tuesday. One woman who'd mlk posted a video of her mother-in-law playing the piano as others swept up broken glass. The music is bittersweet, the city is reeling. The moment of the blast no one was quite sure what had happened there was a deep bass sound for seven or eight seconds there was a rumbling. and. We thought it was a localized explosion, maybe a gas main that had blown up across the street or a car bomb in the neighborhood. Greg Carlstrom is our Middle East correspondent. I A cafe. everyone, of course, left the cafe and started making their way home and it was only on the way back down towards the three Indian towards the ports that I started to realize the scale of the damage. There was, of course, broken glass everywhere carpeting, all of the streets all at the sidewalks pass through an intersection where there were several women sitting in the median holding cloth scraps of fabric bleeding from the head they'd obviously been hit by glass. And every building that you pass by not only the windows blown out but the aluminum window frames blown off. So. You realize that this was not a localized incident, but rather something that had affected the entire city center. The blast was felt as far away as Cyprus it registered as an earthquake in Jordan. It had come from the port of Beirut or something had set off an explosion of staggering size sending up a white mushroom cloud then a vast bloom of orange smoke. Yesterday the government placed a number of court officials under house arrest and again investigation. Declared a two weeks state of emergency. Residents are still coming to grips with the shock of the blast. Felt like it went inside us like a best our soul the way. I saw something bright and I lost my hearing for few seconds. An explosion just went out. The human toll of the explosion has been catastrophic the death toll officially more than one hundred so far, and that number continues to grow as rescue workers find victims who were buried in the rubble more than five thousand people injured by the blast and many of them had to go into a hospital system that was already stretched thin. We've had a spike in corona virus cases in Lebanon over the past few weeks, some hospitals themselves were damaged by the explosion hospital Saint George Hospital across the street from where I live. was so badly damaged that it had to halt operations and when I went by the hospital, you saw patients some of them still wearing their hospital gowns with intravenous lines in their arms bloodied from flying debris and shrapnel for nurses were killed. Fifteen patients on respirators died when the machines failed the other immediate impact is according to officials in Lebanon about three hundred thousand people were left homeless by the explosion. About five percent of the population of the entire country and what do we know so far about what caused the explosion? It seems to be the result of unbelievable negligence even on the scale of the perennially negligent Lebanese government back in two thousand thirteen customs officials in Lebanon confiscated the cargo of a Russian ownership that was traveling to Mozambique. The cargo was two, thousand, seven, hundred, fifty tons of ammonium nitrate, which is highly explosive chemical that is used mostly to make either fertilizers or explosives from mining and quarrying and other industrial uses. So this material was confiscated, it was put in a warehouse at the port and for six or seven years it just south there there was some talk of maybe exporting the stuff for giving it to the army to use but this required approval from the Lebanese judiciary that approval never came you've had officials at the ports and with insecurity agencies who warned this was tantamount to keeping a giant bomb on the doorstep of the country's capital. Those warnings went unheeded and of course, tragically on Tuesday it all exploded but I mean what kind of government would ignore warnings about tons and tons and tons of explosive material just sitting in a city centre the Lebanese government would it's almost par for the course for Lebanon's political class. This is the government that for more than a decade could not agree on a budget. This is the government that for almost thirty years allowed the same central banker to run the Central Bank Lubin, and to run effectively state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme to defend the currency peg it's a country that created a political and economic model that was totally unsustainable. Invested hardly at all in basic services even in good times, Lebanon can't provide twenty four hour electricity routinely struggles to pick up the trash piles up in the streets. It is a perennially negligent government and this is of course, a catastrophic example of that but it's of a piece with the behavior of this government over the past thirty years. So this is a population economy that was suffering quite a bit even before the blast it was the country has been slipping into a profound economic crisis since October the the currency. Lebanese. Pound which for decades has been pegged to the dollar. Began to break away from that since October? It's lost about eighty percent of its value on the black market which has contributed to runaway inflation in a country that imports almost everything from food and fuel to consumer goods. So, inflation running around eighty percent right now and for food around two hundred percent prices have become astronomical this summer we've had fuel shortages that have caused blackouts in Beirut normally three hours a day stretch as long as twenty hours a day this summer and the backup generators that people rely on to provide electricity when the state cannot those are either burning out from overuse or running out of fuel just one crisis after another point. which has led to widespread poverty in the country the the official figures the government thinks around half the country is now below the poverty line that could rise as high as seventy five percent. By the end of the year, there's been a spike in petty crime driven simply desperation. There was one man who was caught on TV robbing a pharmacy for diapers another man who robbed someone at knifepoint on the streets and a once busy part of town, and then came back to apologize for doing it and said, he he needed the money to his family. So it sounds a a years long problem has gotten really quite a lot worse very recently mean why hasn't the government been able to sort of keep things from getting so much worse? The current government was installed in January meant to be a technocratic government that would tackle this economic crisis and negotiate a rescue agreement with the IMF but. Six or seven months later it's made almost no progress. The negotiations with the IMF have really stalled at this point they've had about twenty rounds of talks. But is not even really negotiating with the IMF yet it's still negotiating with itself. You have the cabinet on one side. And the parliament on the other backed up by the banking sector. which are having this very arcane dispute about the scale of the losses in Lebanon's financial sector about how bankrupt the country is effectively. And so you have this surreal situation where instead of Lebanon negotiating with the IMF Lebanon is negotiating with Lebanon. The Fund has told Lebanon that talks are not going to advance unless there's an agreement on the size of the losses or if the cabinet pushes through a few meaningful reform of capital controls, law changes to the electricity sector things like that. Neither of these things have happened and there are increasing calls for the government to step down. Do you think that's the way forward I? Mean, what do you think should be done here to to bring Lebanon back to? A functional state though the problem is if this government steps down what replaces this government and a lot of the pressure on the government right now is is coming from the traditional powerbrokers in Lebanon the sectarian X. warlords who have divvied up power in this country for decades since the end of the civil war in one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, this power sharing agreement they have it was designed to keep the peace and prevent a return to conflict after the war. But it's been captured by the. Hands up power based on sect, which runs a massive patronage network The World Bank estimates that it costs the country about nine percent of its GDP each year but if it were to step down without broader changes to the country's political system in this power, sharing system would simply be replaced by the same cast of characters who have ruined the country over the past thirty years. But that power sharing system was was there to to keep the peace to prevent a return to civil war, and that was the argument for years for decades when people in Lebanon would complain about the corruption and. The negligence and the inefficiency of their government, the response would be well at least this is better than a return to the bad old days even before what happened on. Tuesday even before the explosion though that argument was beginning to lose its weights with a lot of people here you have a younger generation of Lebanese who don't have the same memory of course of the civil war that their parents or their grandparents had, and so as the country slipped further and further into crisis over the past year, people have been more willing to to break away from this system than they were before. And I think the argument that well, there could be violence if the power-sharing system was stripped away after what happened on Tuesday after half of Beirut was destroyed by the incompetence of this government I think that argument is not going to carry with a lot of people.
Lebanon putting unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest after huge explosion killed more than 100
"In Lebanon. Some workers are being detained for questioning connected to yesterday's deadly explosion in the Lebanese government says it's putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into how 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate Came to be stored of support for years. The move comes amid speculation that negligence was to blame for the explosion that killed more than 100 people. The move was announced following a tablet meeting during which the government declared a two week state of emergency, effectively giving the military full powers during this
Beirut's main port devastated by deadly blast
"Meaty news time. 30 to the Lebanese government, putting a number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into Tuesday's massive blast at the city's main port facility. That facility is in ruins after yesterday's explosion at a warehouse holding a huge stockpile of highly explosive ammonium nitrate. The blast sent shock waves across Beirut, damaging buildings from miles around Lebanon's prime minister is promising justice describing the warehouse that blew up is dangerous. The mayor of Beirut, saying billions of dollars of damage is being done. The local governor, saying hundreds of thousands of people may not be able to
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"Lebanese government is blaming large quantities of ammonium nitrate, which it said was stored unsafely for years. The U. S. Is extending the nation's sympathy and support. Tropical Storm Issa is continues toward New England, leaving two dead in a North Carolina tornado and millions without power. NPR's Sarah McCammon has more CCS has knocked down trees and power lines across the southeast and mid Atlantic. It's been moving up the East coast for days, and it's expected to bring tropical storm conditions as far north as Maine. As his state digs out. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is reminding residents that the storm is not the only danger facing the region as cleanup continues. Don't forget that the pandemic is still with us. So help your neighbor but do it safely where you mask, keep your distance and bring your hand sanitizer. The National Hurricane Center says parts of the Northeast remain at risk for heavy wind, rain and tornadoes from me. So yes, it's expected, too weakened to a tropical depression later on Wednesday. Sarah McCammon. NPR NEWS Virginia Beach. On Wall Street, the Dow and the NASDAQ both gamed ground today, the S and P 500 closed up 11 points at thirty three hundred six. This is NPR. Man. This is Casey AR W on Larry Perella, Tuesday, August 4th. Here's what's happening at 4 30 to 1 person has died two others critically hurt when gunfire erupted during a party at a mansion on Mulholland Drive Prior to the shooting earlier this morning, Beverly Hills police had responded. Multiple calls from neighbors about the party, which appeared to violate county health orders banning large gatherings. Police allegedly enforce parking violations, but there was no effort to break up the estimated 200 people at the party, one of the party organizers told NBC four precautions were taken to prevent the spread of Corona virus, including temperature checks and mask handouts. But Video taken by news helicopters showed that social distancing guidelines were not being followed, and that few partygoers were actually wearing face. Coverings that would rest were made in the names of the people who were shot have not.
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"One of the lesser noticed races on the ballot today is for Lieutenant governor. I'm Jeff Pooja with a preview. I'm Frank Lindsay Does the state really have the right to ban indoor church services because of the pandemic? We'll have those stories and more coming up after ABC From ABC News and area Aldinger. The death toll is almost certain to rise after an explosion today that nearly flattened the port of the route. The Lebanese government says more than 70 or confirmed killed at least 3500 injured in the blast that sent a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. President Trump Offering condolences on what he describes is in a town seem like it. Based on the explosion. I've met with Some of our great generals, and they just seem to feel that it was. This was not a some kind of a manufacturing. Explosion type of event No official cause of the explosion has been announced. Issayas is moving north and moving fast, but leaving its calling card up the Eastern Seaboard. ABC is Aaron Carter Ski on Long Island, New York has moved with incredible speed. It rocketed north after coming ashore along the North Carolina South Carolina state line. So the rain moving in and out fairly quickly. It's the wind that's lingered, and that's what's causing. An awful mess. At least here on the beach on Long Island, where the power is out. Hundreds of thousands are without power from the Carolinas all the way up through the New England. At least four deaths are blamed on the CIA. The governor of Delaware, declaring a state of emergency White House officials meeting with Kong Congressional Democratic leaders again to negotiate the latest covert 19 relief proposal. Both sides digging in Over the federal bump up and unemployment benefits. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats want to continue the $600 away. You don't think people who lost jobs through no fault of their own, should get a 30 or 33% pay cut. Majority leader Mitch McConnell says he would need a combination of his own party and Democrats to pass an extension. A cove in satellite medical facility Open today in a convention center in McAllen, Texas. In the heart of the heart hit Really Grand Valley. You're listening to ABC News..
"lebanese government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Not allowed to work in any other field other than cleaning and aquaculture and construction so basically everything that we did was illegal so according to the law in Lebanon the Lebanese government had all the watch destroyed the school and that's what I did this was a crushing blow for Muhammad the school for him was about so much more than providing what education it could it was a lifeline and just like that it was gone at a certain point you feel that we were the cause of strong to school you know of course no one point us never need tickets never did their parents never did we were old briefing together but only at least personally filled that at some point this is was over four so do you start questioning is like is it worth it is it for the better good am I being selfish because like whatever the kids are providing me with like the most they're providing with I built the whole thing just to continue this emotions or is actually helpful because of that I quit doing everything I was able to go to school but then I left school after that I just didn't see the point after school was destroyed Mohammed began another spell at home on the sofa watching movies however at this time he started to take up photography in filmmaking in order to try and make some sense of the chaotic world around him in the end it's quite hard to destroy a good idea the second school we opened it with the help of another scene from entry team and the school as a project wanna prices will that's like how we open and financially but however this time we rented a house we were able to provide some weeks as we call the limit on a legal umbrella so like an organization in a we adopted us and then give us like legal I'm for less at the Lebanese government can close the school down all over again the house that we rented was inside the city this time so we've tried to build really strong relationship with our live in his neighbors immediately so in case something happened they can you know in a way to protect us and they did multiple times.
"lebanese government" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Moving the production of the guidance systems to to Lebanon, so how does the government of Lebanon reacts both to the discovery the tunnels. Did they know were they complicit it's hard to believe that the Lebanese army wasn't aware of these activities who had to be visible, and what is the expectation of what little army and government will do now in response to these discoveries. I'm as you know, from my writing, I always I don't believe that the Lebanese government is innocent. I think that they are complicit you mentioned the Iranians moving components into Lebanon, and they've been doing it very openly they fly Iranian planes into Beirut airport. The Lebanese armed forces and other security agencies that are funded by the United States are present at the airport. The notion that they didn't know things are coming in beggars belief. I ask for a lot of these tunnels are are literally happening under their nose. Okay. But the problem is UNIFIL mandate. Unical is a useless fourth. Its mandate is to cooperate exclusively with the Lebanese armed forces. They can't take action on their own. And since the Lebanese armed forces are themselves complicit with Hezbollah and nothing gets done. So for the last several years UNIFIL has been reporting that all is fine. Well in southern Lebanon while these things were happening quite literally under their nose. So I think I think in terms of expecting anything from the Lebanese government in. This regard is going to be a far-fetched now, whether they will take action on the Lebanese side of the tunnel to do something about them because the Israelis have handed the maps and told them that it's their job to utilize job to dismantle the tunnels on the Lebanese side. The Israelis are going to give them some time to see if they're going to do it. Otherwise may be forced to do themselves themselves, which is when things could get dicey. Because if they have to start doing things inside Lebanon, then the potential for Hezbollah retaliation and therefore for a larger conflagration increases. I was at the border and several times and each time when you saw the UNIFIL basis, which were clearly visible, nothing moved. You might see a truck driver between two of the buildings within the base, but never outside the base Caruso UNIFIL has been totally ineffective. They've not stopped the movement of weapons or anything else. I think you're right. The expectation that they can do something is minimal. But what about his Balazs reaction to the discovery? These were clearly meant to terrorize population to third one found now. New. It was going after civilian populations kidnap kill show, the vulnerability of Israel now is Bella has to make decisions also. So where did they move? Well, I mean they've they've been relatively mum about this. So what they've done is. They've not really commented. Directly on on these on these tunnels. They have however, their military media has. Stunt.
"lebanese government" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Is the most effective tool pursuant to you insecurity council sanctions at the united states can promote to enforce the disarmament of hezbollah which today has one hundred fifty thousand missiles directed at israel families so i think there are three questions there i'll start with the last one with respect to lebanese hezbollah so we not only have them as a problem in lebanon we have them as a problem in syria as well rain funded iranian fueled part of our iran strategy is aimed clearly at reducing their capacity to create havoc in conduct terror operations around the world second asked about the election certainly changes but ultimately it's our assessment at this point that the overall balance of power what won't be materially change is an outcome of that that's good and bad the existing balance of power is not a good one in its own right and so there are real challenges about how america can introduce its influence and get lebanon to move in a direction that that great nation to date we've largely relied on to places including the lebanese armed forces to help us achieve the security element of our efforts there and we need to review each of those to make sure that we're using american taxpayers dollars right and supporting the groups that can most likely achieve our outcome there i'm also grateful that the administration is providing additional funds for the european detroit's initiative to provide for military nato troops and estonia latvia lithuania american troops in poland to me this is so important but the challenge that you have is it only fifteen of the twenty nine nato allies have said that they would reach the two percent minimum by twenty twenty four what can we do to encourage our allies to better defend themselves to promote peace through strength president trump should be credited with making real progress there that is there are more countries today meeting the two percent commitment there's a corollary commitment twenty percent for equipment as well more countries achieving that as well i was with john stoltenberg this past week he's committed to putting pressure on each of them to do so there's a summit in july that the president will attend a nato summit in july that the president will attend i i hope that.
"lebanese government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Theme that you'll hear throughout the show your glamourizing people who abuse children how is that okay and help them nobody staying any bang that's former olympic gymnasts dominique moceanu we'll get her thoughts on the sentencing of larry nassar former team doctor for us women's gymnastics also we'll hear from a lebanese filmmaker who doesn't always see eye to eye with the lebanese government and isn't afraid to say it out loud we begin today though next door to lebanon in syria and the war which has been grinding on for almost eight years misery for millions of people but the narrative of that war seems to be changing one islamic state has almost been defeated to a new flashpoint has emerged turkey has now moved into syrian territory to fight kurdish groups which were fighting isis and which is supported by the united states my bbc colleague lease to set has been into syria numerous times during the course of the conflict with every trip there is a different feeding about syria both the major cities in syria like damascus where i am now by calmness in central syria and aleppo in northern syria to other cities i have been too on this visit and certainly what you hear from syrian officials the mantra now is look at the map the war is over large parts of syria are under our control now so they say it's time to rebuild syria but the war in reality isn't over there are still pockets held by the rebels including for example in damascus we can still hear the warplanes in the sky by here so the rebels are still here they certainly have been a diminished they certainly have no foothold vowed to challenge the the rule of president assad slowly slowly slowly life is returning to watch are colossal rooms overwhelming struck shen but little bit of life in the ruins and people starting to come back and trying to quit together what are literally.
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"What are the saudis get out of this admit i mean i really don't get what's happening there everybody in the arab world right now especially in saudi arabia and lebanon is asking the same question and i think only one person knows the answer and that's had been some man the crown prince of saudi arabia and may be heading owes answer but had him had eighty probably does know all the answer the general assumption by people who know lebanon and saudi arabia well and have studied the situation and i share this assumption is that the saudis desperate for any kind of a progress are trying in any way they can to blunt the power and political presence of hezbollah inside lebanon in the lebanese government because they're part of the government there in the cabinet there in the parliament the force of hezbollah is so strong are so powerful that the saudis are frightened of it because they accused of being involved in regional if events like helping armed the hutus with advanced missiles and train them and other people around the region now whether it's true or not will find out in due course but they see hezbullah as a real serious threat to them and hezbullah is a very close strategic ally of iran so i think what this art is trying to do is create chaos in lebanon by shaking up the coalition that exists smashing that coalition creating tension in the country that which would shake the country it is foundations maybe if you hit the economy which is the most vulnerable the value of the lebanese pound would collapse and this would create mass suffering in lebanon and they think that by doing that they might then forced the lebanese to clamp down on hezbollah if this is actually what they're trying to do than they're more amateurs than even they have made themselves appear to be in the last year or so because this is totally not going to happen many people have tried to do this including the mighty united states with its sanctions on its threats and all the things that it does hezbollah has many things that it does summer.
"lebanese government" Discussed on Amanpour
"Democracy and freedom here and everybody can exercise it and lebanon has a clear policy adopted by its national unity government which is distancing lebanon from the problems and the conflicts of the region so mr foreign minister this saudi gulf affairs minister said last week that the lebanese government your government would quote be dealt as a government declaring war on saudi arabia because of what he described as aggression by hezbollah up and he said the lebanese must all know these risks and work to fix matters before they reach the point of return we look that's a lot of pressure coming to you because of hezbollah because of iran i wanna ask you do you think it was prime minister hariri is you know having hezbollah in a coalition government his policies that has brought this country your country to this spring and this is what side hariri said in this socalled interview from from riyadh let's this in a moment and not enough we had to adhere to the fact that the interest of lebanon his first and foremost study i am not against one party again just another body and the not i'm not against the in the hezbollah in the sense that it is a political party which is what it should be but that doesn't mean that hezbollah should ruin eleven so it looks clearly like hezbollah as the center of this so what is your reaction to that and very crucially i want to know whether you have any real reason to believe or any indication that the prime minister saad hariri is going to come back to lebanon as you said maximum latest wednesday.
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"The near sasha reports from washington overall what he said first of all is that he's been assured by the saudi foreign minister the i did not force sad hariri to resign as the lebanese government claims and that he's not being held in saudi arabia against his name wanted mr hariri to go back to lebanon to clarify the situation because he also expressed concern over how all of this might affect the stability of the lebanese government and he also warned any party against using the country for proxy conflicts and made very clear that the us strongly supports lebanon's independence but certainly he was talking to iran because it backs hezbollah and uh said there were no role for militias or foreign powers in the country so that was clearly a reference to iran but probably also a message to saudi arabia which has said it would treat the lebanese government as an enemy after mr hory's resignation so that the message being don't play out your rivalries in lebanon i don't know that he had israel in mind but certainly there is a lot of talk about where israel's position is an all this that perhaps because it has seen the lebanese government itself as a threat since hezbollah dominates the government that it hasn't sort of coalition of convenience speech with with saudi arabia at this point in that might take advantage of saudi arabia's position to try and further isolate the lebanese government and present it as a legitimate target baba plaza in washington the awardwinning us comedian louis c k has become the latest entertainment heavy wait have his career unravel over accusations of sexual misconduct however unlike some of the others he has admitted the.
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"If difficulty it gains the hezbollah and it seems not to distinguish anymore between hezbollah the shiite group that has very strong links to iran and the lebanese government which is at this point that considered as probably and the most serious escalation from saudi arabia to lebanon and the context here is that it was about a week ago that the lebanese prime minister saad hariri went to saudi arabia the sensibly for meetings and then abruptly resigned saying that he feared for his life he has not returned to lebanon do we know anything about his whereabouts well this is the main question in the country we know that that heavy is in saudi arabia lebanon believes and this is like the official position in lebanon that's and sad hedayati might be under house arrest in saudi arabia as you said the loss that we week has seen extraordinary event in lebanon was that it had to get here on saturday last saturday and resigned eight name surprise move that was even in very surprising to his inner co anders ignition fra came from saudi arabia where he read it can advise the speech in which he launched a very very strong and that active or attack against the iran ever since there has been no contact between the prime minister and the members of the government in letting in all the uh the president himself prompting the lebanese government to think that saturn had eighty might not be free to talk of might not be free to return to let an.
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"And we say the that they do tonight to move designed go gauntlet against iran i say lynn nominee abdullah your political group in it's now extremely powerful and it's even got representation in the lebanese government and the saudis have never really respected hariri and they saw him as being kind of toothless against hezbollah so with him out they can now say that the lebanese government and hezbollah a one and the same as one country's who the us israel by crackdown on there the us and israel have already gone turnaround there's been so much rhetoric ramping up in the last few months and they just the us just slapped more sanctions as villa so if the saudis removed hariri in lebanon this should make things could've simpler for these countries or at least that's what the saudis think nick is reacting here to a time when iran seems to be aiming navy becoming permanent prominent in other countries throughout the region right yes that's right so we have had about iran a lot here they have been getting a domino uh sat countering award opening in yemen at the saudis have decided that this is just all too much that absolutely furious and there's a new crown prince sheikh mohammed bin salman ain't seen as being much more hawkish than the previous rulers he's gbi drawing red lines hair against iran so let me just ask a question is well yes saudi has emphasized how seriously it sees the situation in lebanon by kulikov its obligations to leave the country yesterday magog the gulf states of deng xiaoping meeting say this means that there will be war tomorrow though enormous hard you can ever really predict that but it's more likely these will push for more economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure gene analysts aggressiveness between these two countries is a tinderbox and moment it's becoming ever harder to control uh china blame the situation for us from bed routes every if really appreciate it thank you very much kgb.
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"The the saudis forced him to what i mean this little strange will why would the saudis want to force arrou out well if this is what they've done and we should say that they do deny that they do tonight it's a move designed to throw down a gauntlet gauntlet against iran so lynn in lebanon iranbacked hezbollah militia and political group and it's now extremely powerful and it's even got representation in the lebanese government and the saudis have never really respected hariri and they saw him as being can of toothless against hezbollah so with him out they can now say that the lebanese government and hezbollah a one in the same and they want other countries to who oppose iran's namely the us in israel to crack down on hezbollah there the us and israel have already been outspoken against around there's been so much rhetoric ramping up in the last few months and they just the us just slapped more sanctions on hezbollah so if the saudis removed hariri in lebanon this should make things could've simpler for these countries or at least that's what the saudis think so this might be the saudis reacting here to a time when iran seems to be coming to be becoming more dominant in other countries throughout the region right yes that's right so we have had about iran a lot here they have been getting a dominant role in syria and in iraq and they even sat countering the saudis in a war that is happening in yemen at the saudis have decided that this is just all too much that absolutely furious and there's a new crown prince hamad ben salman has been seen as being much more hawkish than in previous rulers and he's clearly drawing red lines hair against iran so let me just ask your basic question is this dangerous well yes saudi has emphasized how seriously it sees the situation in lebanon by cooling all of its citizens to leave the country yesterday other goats gulf states have done the same i don't i think we can say this means that they'll be war tomorrow though in lebanon masshad hard we can never really predict that but it's more likely the saudis.
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"And it's a move designed to throw down a gauntlet go let against iran so lynn in lebanon iranbacked hezbollah militia and political great pin it's now extremely powerful and it's even got representation in the lebanese government and the saudis have never really respected hariri and they so him as being kind of toothless against hezbollah so with him out they can now say that the lebanese government and hezbollah a one and the same and they want other countries to who oppose around namely the us and israel to crack down on hezbollah there the us and israel have already been outspoken against around there's been so much rhetoric ramping up in the last few months and they just the us just slapped more sanctions on hezbollah so if the saudis removed hariri in lebanon this should make things could've simpler for these countries or at least that's what the saudis think so this might be the saudis reacting here to attach seems to be coming to be becoming more dominant in other countries gene yes that's right so we have had about iran a lot here they have been getting a eminent role and in iraq and that even sat countering the saudis in a war that's happening in yemen at the saudis have decided that this is just all too much that absolutely furious and there's a new crown prince mohammad bin salman man been seen as being much more hawkish than the previous rulers and he's clearly drawing red lines hair against iran so let me just dangerous well yes saudi has emphasized how seriously it sees the situation in lebanon by calling all of its citizens to leave the country yesterday of the goats gulf states have done the same i don't i think we can say this means that ob war tomorrow though in lebanon masshad can never really predict that but it's more likely the saudis will push for more economic sanctions and diplomatic but in any case analysts say this aggressiveness between these countries in the and whilst it's uh it's becoming ever harder to control radim emperor ruth sherlock a trying to explain the situation forests of from baruta ruler really appreciate it thank you very much the.
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"Out well if this is what they've done and we should say that they do deny that they do tonight it to moved zayn detroit down a gauntlet let against iran so lynn in lebanon iranbacked hezbollah militia and political group in its now extremely powerful and it's even got representation in the lebanese government and the saudis have never really respected hariri and they saw him as being kind of toothless against hezbollah so with him out they can now say that the lebanese government and hezbollah a one and the same and they want other countries to who oppose roms namely the us and israel to crack down on has belither the us in israel have already been outspoken against around has been so much rhetoric ramping up in the last few months and they just the us just slapped more sanctions on hezbollah so if the saudis removed hariri in lebanon this should make things could have simpler for these countries or at least that's what the saudis think so this might be the saudis reacting here too time when iran seems to be coming to be becoming more dominant in yes that's right so we have had about iran a lot here they have been getting a dominant role in syria and in iraq and that even sat countering the saudis in a war that is happening in yemen at the saudis have decided that this is just all too that absolutely furious and there's a new crown prince mohammad denzel man his paint seen as being much more hawkish than in previous rulers and he's clearly drawing red lines hair against iran so let me just ask you a question is this dangerous well yes saudi has emphasize how seriously it sees the situation in lebanon by calling all of its citizens to leave the country yesterday other the goats gulf states have done the same i don't i think we can say this means that ob war tomorrow though in lebanon that's hard you can never really predict that but it's more likely the saudis will push for more economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure but in any case analysts say this aggressiveness between these two countries is a tinderbox and whilst its war of words at the moment it's becoming ever harder to control right emperor roof sherlock girls renders blame a situation for us of from baruta ruined brigita thank you very much the new england.
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"The report that you referenced today about a possible of the trump wrote the report from israel we have been very clear of with the lebanese government that it's important for all of our partners to condemn terrorism in all its forms and we will continue to work with the lebanese government to ensure that that vision of a world that is free from terrorism for for all potential victims israel lies auslin you're you're making a distinction between the lebanese army and the lebanese government no i don't mean to draw that distinction until you're going to continue to give the lebanese armed forces money and equipment i'm you're aware of the report were looking into it he's has have you noticed the difference in as well as behavior since the 2015 signing the jcpoa in his show how as of changed his second handled out from this kind of a narrowing intelligence perspective the answer's basically no the trajectory that we've seen hezbollah on has contunue pretty much um unabated throughout the duration of the conflict in syria com and i mentioned map because that's where his ball was involvement on the ground syria has has been a significant factor in in supporting the regime at the same time absent the syria conflict we were already dealing with a hezbollah had the kind of global ambition to create a terrorist capability that i would argue predated the syria conflict him so we've seen kind of both strands moving together forward palm without much change in the period since the jcpoa thank you using heather nauert's department spokesperson and a lot of other while the covering i wanna mention one thing to you coming out of path liberia today um there was a historic election taking place in liberia president ellen johnsonsirleaf herself noted that this as she steps down from the presidency she said crowd for the first time in three generate liberians will be transferring presidential authority democratically and peacefully from one elected leader to another as a longstanding friend of the united states the united states wants to congratulate liberians for exercising their democratic right to vote we are proud to stand with them today in support of their efforts to continue building our country its democracy and its if have to questions.
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"Foment instability throughout the and across the world this is all come at the expense of the iranian people whose resources are being diverted support hezbollah's bloody cause and at the expense of lebanon which has suffered grievously from iran and hezbollah's deadly partenership the people of iran and the people of lebanon dessert better than this today's rewards for justice announcement is another important step in our ongoing campaign to counter hezbollah's wide ranging terrorist activities working with our partners we will confront hezbollah across the globe we will deny the resources it needs to carry out its deadly attacks and we will bring its leaders an operatives did justice thank you i'll miss passions i am thank you this is for on either one of you i guess um and passer for you on what about the government of lebanon you say that there is no political wing or political organisation this is all a terrorism organization was you now there are members of hezbollah that are cabinet ministers and the lebanese government and said what does that mean for your relationship with lebanon i mean that would in effect make them a state sponsor of a state sponsor of terrorism i'ma what are your discussions but the lebanese government about that and then to what extent is this new focus on on hezbollah annexed john chan of the president's iran rick yale and an effort to kind of crackdown on iranian proxies because i mean if i'm looking at your list right here on the last year there are really only in the united states i'm two cases of a us based terrorism possible terrorist activity that was warded which is far less than any other groups in the last year i quote fake the questions maybe i could take a stab at that before turning the mic overtook director rasmussen on thanks for the question um as i said the position of the united states is clear of hezbollah as a terrorist organisation from agency and we don't recognize a false distinction between its terroristic ambitions and it's a political role for it a we've been very clear on our public messaging um that the government of lebanon likewise needs to recognize has the law as a terrorist organisation and.
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"Us embassy in lebanon announced the planned shipment of thirty two m two eight two bradley fighting vehicles from america to the lebanese armed forces and investment of one hundred million dollars meanwhile our soldiers have been working with them and reigning them on how to use a number of other weapons systems that have been transferred to the lebanese army over the past year they include howitzers grenade launchers machineguns mortars hellfire missiles nightvision devices and thermal sights technology at this point any thinking person should be asking that given that lebanon is controlled by hezbollah and as a client state of their ron doesn't that mean that we are essentially arming hezbollah yes everyone knows that the lebanese government is completely at the mercy of hezbollah and iran given that hezbollah's much stronger than the lif that is the lebanese army is mine is comprised the many shiites and is subject to the direction and veto power of its iranian masters it defies logic to think that they could possibly maine can maintain control over usa without hezbollah confiscating it as tony badgering of the foundation for the defense of democracy is observes hezbollah of course controls the lebanese government and dictates the operations of its armed forces indeed it was hezbollah that laid out the battle plans for the current operation in northeastern lebanon including what role the lebanese army would play in it this is why israel's defence minute minister abbott gore lieberman warned that the lebanese army is a subsidiary unit of hezbollah and that lebanon.