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Important report by Tikun Olan תיקון עולם . This report by author Richard Silverstein is yet to be confirmed. It is not corroborated by other press reports.
According to The Times of Israel, “Israel offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon, … in a rare show of support for the enemy country. … Israel approached Lebanon through international defense and diplomatic channels to offer the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a joint statement.”
According to Forbes, … “an ominous question hangs in the air, Was Israel responsible? The answer is, probably not.
Israel denies any involvement. Lebanon’s government and Hezbollah militants – never shy about blaming their arch-enemy Israel for any misfortune – say the disaster was an accident caused by volatile explosive material in a warehouse.” (Forbes, emphasis added)
According to the Silverstein, that is what happened, Israel had targeted a Hezbollah weapons depot. And now Hezbollah is being blamed “for storing its weapons next to a building filled with explosive material”. In the words of Bloomberg: “Hezbollah Will Not Escape Blame For Beirut.”
A confidential highly-informed Israeli source has told me that Israel caused the massive explosion at the Beirut port earlier today which killed over 100 and injured thousands. The bombing also virtually leveled the port itself and caused massive damage throughout the city.
Israel targeted a Hezbollah weapons depot at the port and planned to destroy it with an explosive device. Tragically, Israeli intelligence did not perform due diligence on their target. Thus they did not know (or if they did know, they didn’t care) that there were 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a next door warehouse. The explosion at the arms depot ignited the next door warehouse, causing the catastrophe that resulted.
It is, of course, unconscionable that Israeli agents did not determine everything about their target including what was in its immediate vicinity. The tragedy Israel has wreaked is a war crime of immense magnitude.
The ICC has already been investigating Israel for war crimes in Gaza since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.