The Lebanese Public Security Director Abbas Ibrahim said that the massive explosion that shook the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, causing massive damage and numerous injuries was not caused by explosions, but rather high-explosive materials that had been confiscated for years in the warehouse area of the port.
The explosion, which was heard in the Lebanese capital, occurred - according to preliminary data - in the twelfth amber inside the Beirut port, and due to its strength, the buildings that damaged it, of varying severity, were not known yet, while the exact numbers of dead and injured were not known, the army paid Lebanese reinforcements to the region.
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Beirut, Johnny Tanios, spoke from the channel’s office - which appeared to be largely shattered by the explosion - noting that hospitals issued an appeal to citizens to donate blood to save hundreds of wounded. The reporter explained that several fires broke out in Beirut Port due to the two explosions that hit the wheat warehouses and large parts of the port.
The correspondent added that an emergency meeting is being held for the Supreme Defense Council headed by President Michel Aoun to discuss the explosion and follow up its repercussions, noting that the security services are surveying the area to try to reach the reasons for what happened.
The reporter reported a great shock on the faces of the Lebanese people in Beirut, and the explosion brought to their minds painful scenes from the civil war and the explosions that occurred between 2005 and 2010.
The correspondent indicated that the explosion constituted - in addition to the security strike - a major economic blow as a result of the massive damage it left, as well as its expected repercussions.
For his part, Al-Jazeera correspondent Ihab Al-Aqdi said that the situation of hospitals is very difficult, noting that a hospital was completely destroyed in the vicinity of Beirut Port, where the medical team and the patients were transferred to other hospitals.
He explained that the wounded - and hundreds of them - are not only in the vicinity of the explosion, but kilometers away from the place of its occurrence, as well as the buildings, parts of which were destroyed throughout Beirut.
He added that the Red Cross, Ambulance and Civil Defense asked the Lebanese to call only in case of extreme necessity.
From the site of the explosion, the director of the Al-Jazeera office, Mazen Ibrahim, said that ambulances have been transporting the victims of the explosion for more than two and a half hours, pointing out that the explosion is much larger than the explosion that killed the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri 15 years ago, and was described - then - as huge. Extremely.
For his part, the researcher at the Carnegie Center, Muhannad Al-Hajj Ali, asked about the reason for the explosion of these materials stored many years ago just days before the issuance of the International Court ruling regarding the assassination of Hariri, pointing out that the explosion occurred today near the site that witnessed the assassination of Hariri.
On the other hand, political analyst and strategic expert Khaled Hamadeh ruled out the existence of a link between today's explosion and the imminent judgment in the Hariri assassination case.
Hamadeh denounced the presence of this quantity of explosives in the port of Beirut without handing over to its owners, or being stored in a proper way, describing that as illogical.
The political analyst questioned whether the port administration did not know at all about the presence of these explosive materials, considering that "Beirut Port, the city's airport, and the borders of Lebanon are permissible", also denouncing what he described as the failure of the security services to reveal the circumstances of what has happened so far.
The researcher at the Carnegie Center Muhannad al-Haj Ali returned to say that the entire region is witnessing a massive security war, pointing to bombings in Iran, as happened in the Natanz reactor without a clear explanation so far.
But Khaled Hamadeh considered that linking the Beirut explosion to previous explosions in Iran means that there is a "facility that follows Iran at the Beirut port, and it was dealt with in the same way as dealing with Iranian targets."
He considered that assuming that means that all of Lebanon is in trouble, expecting an international reluctance to deal with the port of Beirut, which increases the repercussions of the economic crisis that Lebanon is experiencing.
The researcher at the Carnegie Center, Muhannad Al-Haj Ali, agreed with political analyst Khaled Hamadeh that the accident will pass unnoticed without anyone being held accountable, as has been the case in the past.