A Lebanese MP stressed that the incident was “not a coincidence.” Fox News reported that much of the port’s operations are unofficially controlled by Hezbollah.
By TZVI JOFFRE, REUTERS
The explosion placed extra burdens on the country which is already suffering from economic and political crises. The damage caused by the explosion ranges from three to five billion dollars and between 200,000 to 250,000 people have been left without a place to live.
Special Aide to the President of the Islamic Parliament of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told Mehr News that the US and Israel benefit from the explosion and that Israel may be “behind the scenes” of the incident.
Javad Karimi Ghodoosi, a member of the Iranian parliament’s Commission of National-Security and Foreign-Policy, tweeted that the “main culprits” of the explosion were “certainly” the US and Israel.
The parliamentarian claimed that the arrangement of highly explosive material within the capital of the “resistance” could not be spontaneous.
The verdict in the Hague trial of the suspected perpetrators of the assassination of former prime minister Rafic Hariri was delayed until August 18 after the explosion occurred, according to LBCI Lebanon. The verdict on the Hezbollah members being tried in absentia was originally planned for Friday.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s offer of humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
“I send condolences to the nation in Lebanon in the name of the government of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We are prepared to give humanitarian aid, as people to people, just as we did with the humanitarian crisis in Syria.”
“We differentiate between the regimes and the nations,” Netanyahu said, also mentioning Israeli offers to aid Iran after disasters.
Head of the Economic and Social Council, Charles Arbeed, stated that the explosion was either caused by human error or an Israeli attack. Arbeed questioned why, if it was an Israeli attack, were the dangerous materials left in the port.
Hezbollah is known to store weapons in civilian areas.
Israel is in advanced talks to provide aid and treatment to Lebanon, KAN news reported on Wednesday evening. France and Cyprus have received offers from Israel to help aid efforts. Israel intends to leave Hebrew symbols on the equipment so that Lebanese recipients know where it came from.
Israeli officials warned that a similar incident to the one in Beirut could happen in Haifa if dangerous chemicals stored in the port city are not removed.
TEL AVIV Mayor Ron Huldai announced on Twitter that the city hall would display Lebanon’s flag on Wednesday evening. “Humanity precedes any conflict, and our hearts are with the Lebanese people in the wake of the terrible disaster that befell them,” wrote Huldai.
Yair Netanyahu replied to the announcement, stating that “waving an enemy state’s flag is a criminal offense.”