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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/04/2020 10:44 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/04/2020 10:44 PM
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Lebanon's PM Says Those Responsible for Beirut explosion Will Pay the Price

Beruit, Lebanon...(Reuters).."Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab is demanding accountability for an explosion in port warehouses near central Beirut that killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital."






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Posted on: 2020-08-05 02:36:20   By: Anonymous
 
So many unanswered questions with this explosion. We may never know the truth.

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    Posted on: 2020-08-05 04:54:24   By: Anonymous
     
    If one looks around the net at all it's obvious 2,750 tons of ammonia nitrate exploded. That explosion appears to be connected in some way to a fire, which was in progress at the time of the explosion. How that fire started may remain a mystery, but what exploded is quite certain.

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      Posted on: 2020-08-05 05:17:28   By: Anonymous
       
      ^ No Shi+

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Posted on: 2020-08-05 08:23:04   By: Anonymous
 
Little is known about the Russian owner of the Rhosus, the cargo ship impounded in Beirut in 2014, whose captain had referred to its freight of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertiliser as a “floating bomb”.

That ammonium nitrate is believed to have fuelled the devastating explosion that has left more than 100 dead in Beirut.

Former crew members said the ship was owned by Igor Grechushkin, a Russian national believed to be living in Cyprus, where he holds either citizenship or residency. Grechushkin, a native of the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, is reported to have managed Teto Shipping, which owned the Rhosus.

The ship arrived in Beirut in 2013 while sailing from Georgia to Mozambique. It was prevented from leaving the Beirut port in 2014 over an unspecified dispute, either because the ship was deemed not seaworthy or because the owner had failed to pay the necessary fees to the port.

It was then that Grechushkin is said to have walked away from the ship, refusing to answer calls or negotiate with the port authorities for the release of his sailors.

In complaints to the press in 2014, former crew members said they had been “abandoned” in Beirut and had not been paid their wages for nearly a year. “The owner [of the ship] has virtually abandoned the ship and its crew,” wrote the ship’s former captain. “Salaries are not paid, supplies are not purchased. The shipowner has refused the cargo.”

A deleted LinkedIn profile lists Grechushkin as living in Cyprus and as working as a manager at Unimar Service Ltd. Calls to a company with a similar name and profile, Unimar Safety Services and Equipment, on Wednesday were not answered. Calls to a number for Grechushkin listed by the aggrieved crew members also went unanswered.

The letter, which was sent to Russian journalists by the Rhosus’s former captain in 2014, also complained about being “held hostage” onboard the ship. The Beirut authorities “don’t want an abandoned ship at port, especially with a cargo of explosives, which is what ammonium nitrate is. That is, this is a floating bomb, and the crew is a hostage aboard this bomb.”

The mostly Ukrainian crew were held onboard the ship for nearly a year before they were released. The ammonium nitrate was confiscated and held at the port in a warehouse.

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    Posted on: 2020-08-05 08:23:36   By: Anonymous
     
    Further reports appear to corroborate allegations that negligence may have been the cause of the blast.

    Reuters is quoting an unidentified official source familiar with the findings of an initial investigation as saying there were years of inaction around the removal of the ammonium nitrate.

    “It is negligence,” the official source told the news agency, adding that the issue of storing the material safely had come before several committees and judges and “nothing was done” to order the material be removed or disposed of.

    The source said a fire had started at port warehouse 9 on Tuesday and spread to warehouse 12, where the ammonium nitrate was stored.

    Another source close to a port employee told Reuters that a team that inspected the material six months ago warned it could “blow up all of Beirut” if not removed

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      Posted on: 2020-08-05 11:30:47   By: Anonymous
       
      Excellent reporting. I was wondering where it may of come from since this was very informative, so I copied a little of it and checked. Of course it was the Cartoon National Network (CNN) so sorry, but face it, CNN is for those who love bigoted news, and seem to hate America and our President.
      That's not a guess about the hatred, it's a cold, hard fact. You'd rather hear lies, and see our country fail as long as the corrupted democrat party is out and looking in. Your type of government is Seattle and Portland and Chicago where there's violence, burning, lootind, government abandons the public to let criminals run amok.
      Thanks again for the great article, but it looks like Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab might be going after his own port officials.
      If this happened here, Dems would attack Trump, and that too is a stone, cold FACT

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        Posted on: 2020-08-05 11:53:17   By: Anonymous
         
        Overall, we rate CNN left biased based on editorial positions that consistently favors the left, while straight news reporting falls left-center through bias by omission. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to several failed fact checks by TV hosts. However, news reporting on the website tends to be properly sourced with minimal failed fact checks

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          Posted on: 2020-08-05 11:55:00   By: Anonymous
           
          However, the news I posted didn't come from CNN.

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