Nasrallah Denies Storing Arms at Beirut Port, Calls for Benefiting from Int’l Support

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday categorically and strongly denied the presence of any arms or ammonium nitrate belonging to Hizbullah at the site of the deadly mega-blast that rocked Beirut’s port and devastated parts of the capital.

“We have nothing in the port: not an arms depot, nor a missile depot nor missiles nor rifles nor bombs nor bullets nor ammonium nitrate,” said Nasrallah in a televised address, adding that the investigation can prove his rebuttal.

“The official authorities said there were no arms or missiles, but rather ammonium nitrate,” Nasrallah said, noting that the story of how the ammonium nitrate had been stored at the port since several years is well-known.

“Those who insisted that there was a Hizbullah arms depot sought to tell the Lebanese people that Hizbullah is to blame and this is a false accusation,” he added.

He also stressed that Hizbullah “does not run or control Beirut’s port and it does not interfere in it.”

“We might have knowledge of what exists at Haifa’s port (in northern Israel), but not at Beirut’s port, because this is not our responsibility,” Nasrallah added.

Nasrallah also noted that the “technical probe” does not need a long time, hoping the result will be known soon.

Describing the cataclysmic explosion as a “major catastrophe and humanitarian tragedy,” Nasrallah said it has “major humanitarian, health and economic consequences,” urging an “extraordinary approach” in dealing with the fallout.

“The destruction of Beirut’s port will aggravate Lebanon’s crisis at all levels,” he said, while lauding the popular solidarity that the Lebanese showed after the tragedy.

“The blast was cross-confessional and there are martyrs from all sects…  The destruction of Beirut’s port will aggravate Lebanon’s crisis at all levels,” Nasrallah added.

Thanking all the countries that sent aid to Lebanon, Nasrallah said his country “looks positively to every visit to this country during this period,” in an apparent reference to French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Lebanon on Thursday.

As for the investigation, Nasrallah said “the approach towards this incident would decide whether or not there is hope in building a state in Lebanon.”

“It is unacceptable to politicize or sectarianize this incident which affected all people,” Hizbullah’s leader added, suggesting that “all security agencies can take part in a joint investigation.”

“If all Lebanese trust the Lebanese military institution, it should be tasked with the probe,” he said.

Nasrallah stressed that “there should be a firm and strong probe and anyone involved must be held accountable, regardless of their positions.”

As for the political situation, Hizbullah’s secretary-general said the parties in any country would suspend their disputes whenever a catastrophe happens.

“Unfortunately in Lebanon, from the very first moments after the incident, some media outlets and political forces claimed that what exploded at Beirut’s port was a Hizbullah arms depot,” he said.

“Most of those who endorsed such claims have backpedaled on them, except for some Lebanese and Arab media outlets,” he added.

Lamenting that there has been “political exploitation of the incident,” Nasrallah stressed that Hizbullah does not want to engage in any debates with anyone.

“This is a moment for solidarity and cooperation,” he said.

“The resistance, through its credibility and the Lebanese people’s confidence in it and its national and regional position, is bigger than being affected by some liars, instigators and those pushing for civil war,” Nasrallah emphasized.

“I tell all those who tried to start a battle with us based on this incident that they will not achieve any result,” he said.

Timeline
  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The resistance, through its credibility and the Lebanese people’s confidence in it and its national and regional position, is bigger than being affected by some liars, instigators and those pushing for civil war.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: From the womb of the tragedy, chances can be born, and the international approach towards the recent incident is a chance that must be seized by the Lebanese state and people.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Had it not been for the sea, Beirut would have been entirely destroyed.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: I’m one of those who believe that the approach towards this incident would decide whether or not there is hope in building a state in Lebanon.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: It is unacceptable to politicize or sectarianize this incident which affected all people.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The same as the incident is extraordinary, the Lebanese state’s approach will be fateful.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: All security agencies can take part in a joint investigation.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: If all Lebanese trust the Lebanese military institution, it should be tasked with the probe.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: There should be a firm and strong probe and anyone involved must be held accountable, regardless of their positions.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The most important point is investigation and accountability.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: I don’t want to engage in any debates with anyone. This is a moment for solidarity and cooperation.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We might have knowledge of what exists at Haifa’s port, but not at Beirut’s port, because this is not our responsibility.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We have witnessed political exploitation of the incident.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The technical probe does not need a long time and hopefully the result will be known soon.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Hizbullah does not run or control Beirut’s port and it does not interfere in it.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Most of those who endorsed such claims have backpedalled on them, except for some Lebanese and Arab media outlets.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah categorically and strongly denied the presence of any Hizbullah arms, missiles or ammonium nitrate at Beirut’s port, saying the probe can prove that.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We have been affected and members and supporters of Hizbullah were martyred.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Those who insisted that there was a Hizbullah arms depot sought to tell the Lebanese people that Hizbullah is to blame and this is a false accusation.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The official authorities said there were no arms or missiles, but rather ammonium nitrate.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Unfortunately in Lebanon, from the very first moments after the incident, some media outlets and political forces claimed that what exploded at Beirut’s port was a Hizbullah arms depot.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The parties in any country would suspend their disputes whenever a catastrophe happens.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We look positively to every visit to this country during this period.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We thank all the countries that sent aid.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The entire country was besieged by the Americans and not only a single party.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah lauded the popular solidarity in the wake of the Beirut port blast.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The destruction of Beirut’s port will aggravate Lebanon’s crisis at all levels.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: This incident requires an extraordinary approach.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: The blast was cross-confessional and there are martyrs from all sects.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: I offer condolences to all the families of the martyrs.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: We are before an incident that has major humanitarian, health and economic consequences.

  • 13 hours ago

    Nasrallah: Today I will talk about a single topic, which is the major catastrophe and humanitarian tragedy.

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