What really happened in the port of Beirut?
The official report of the Lebanese authorities states that a warehouse containing 2,750 tons of ammonia nitrate has exploded.
With all due respect to the Lebanese authorities I am not buying this story. Ammonia nitrate is a stable substance that does not explode on its own, even at high temperatures.
I believe that explosives, ammunition and missile fuel were stored by Hezbollah in this warehouse after being shipped from Iran, for several reasons:
Anyone who knows how a port works knows that the first row of warehouses, closest to the water, are used for short-term storage. A cargo intended for long-term storage is transported to warehouses that are further away from the water.
3. Anyone who sends a sensitive charge and does not want to be seen, and that no one will photograph it, tries to hide it closest to the water, in the nearest warehouse, and that is the warehouse that exploded.
4. The port of Beirut has replaced the airport in Damascus as a destination for Hezbollah to import ammunition and explosives from Iran. This happened after Israel, according to foreign sources, attacked the warehouses at the airport in Damascus several times. That is, what used to arrive at the airport in Damascus was now brought to the port of Beirut by ship.
5. What probably happened on August 4 is an explosion of volatile and flammable materials, incorrectly stored by Hezbollah in a metal warehouse and not air-conditioned, when temperatures are extremely high. Missile fuel vapor evaporated from a container, and when they touched the hot wall or ceiling, they ignited and created a chain reaction that caused the three explosions.
Less than an hour after the explosions, Hezbollah announced that the explosive had suffocated. Hezbollah was the first to report this for a simple reason. Hezbollah was looking for a way to hide its negligence and establish an official version, because no one in the government would dare to contradict them.
7. I think very few people in Lebanon ‘buy’ the nitrate story. I think the Iranians and their friends in Hezbollah see Nasrallah personally responsible for this disaster. I would not be surprised to hear that he suffered a ‘heart attack’ and thus ended his term as Hezbollah’s secretary general. Maybe even a ‘heart attack’ would be fatal.