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Was Hezbollah and Iran behind the Beirut explosion?

Aftermath of Beirut explosion on Aug. 4, 2020
Credit: Mehr News Agency/Creative Commons 4.0/Wikipedia

Most are familiar with the major explosion that took place in Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020, when approximately 3,000 tons of the highly explosive ammonium nitrate stored at the city’s port ignited killing over 220 people, injuring 6,000 and destroying thousands of homes.

According to, a major German newspaper, sources allege the terrorist organization Hezbollah actually purchased some of it from Iran. An earlier report alleged that Hezbollah was stock piling the fertilizer product for attacks on Israel. READ Hezbollah stored ammonium nitrate for ‘third war’ on Israel, report says

The original WELT article is written in German, below is a rough Google Translate of portions of the article:

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has since vehemently denied that his organization had anything to do with the chemical supply that caused the explosion. However, according to information from Western intelligence agencies that is available to WELT, Hezbollah in Lebanon received large deliveries of ammonium nitrate, which are closely related to the material detonated in Beirut. […]

In the first transaction on July 16, 2013, a total of 270 tons of ammonium nitrate are said to have been delivered from Iran to Lebanon. The costs: the equivalent of 179,399 euros. On October 23 of the same year, another 270 tons of ammonium nitrate were delivered, this time for the equivalent of 140,693 euros. For the third delivery, the amount of ammonium nitrate delivered is uncertain, but it can be roughly estimated based on the costs.

A total of one billion Iranian rials was charged for the delivery on April 4, 2014 (around 61,438 euros). Measured against the values ​​of the other two deliveries, this could have been between 90 and 130 tons. In total, the three deliveries are for a quantity of 630 to 670 tons of ammonium nitrate.

The original article in German. READ: Die explosive Spur führt zur Hisbollah THE TITLE IN ENGLISH: The explosive trail leads to Hezbollah

Of course, this accusation may explain why the people of Beirut have taken to the streets against their government that is allegedly filled with Hezbollah supporters. READ: Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police AND Hezbollah stored ammonium nitrate for ‘third war’ on Israel, report says

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