Elijah J Magnier’s Tweets on the Massive Explosion in Beirut

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Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai 6h
Thread on #Lebanon #Beirut explosion: Yesterday there were 3 waves: 1. The first waves felt and sounded like an explosion with a positive pressure 2. The second wave was a suction negative pressure that pulled eye witness (who were injured and told me this) around the room

The eye withness is a PhD Chemical Engineer teacher at Universities in #Beirut who was in his office close to the harbour. 3. The last explosion (always of the same source) was the biggest blast, more powerful than the previous two, with positive pressure

The product in question is Ammonium nitrate, considered a stable component and can withstand very high temperature without exploding on its own. All reported incidents worldwide to indicate that even when a fire caught ammonium nitrate, there is enough time to evacuate safely.

In some incident reported more than two hours of flame without an explosion occurred, which gives enough time to prevent the explosion and evacuate all personnel and civilians in the area.

In #Beirut, even if the ammonium nitrate was stored in a fully closed well-sealed area, high pressure is not likely to trigger the explosion. The first explosion, according to the eye witness in the vicinity, was relatively small and not strongly felt but heard.+

Those who have spread the news about "#Hezbollah explosive warehouse at the Lebanese harbour". I spoke to several sources and this is my conclusion:

The Harbour is controlled by several security forces, including those who are pro and against #Hezbollah. Too many eyes, too many witnesses and a location considered not only "unfriendly" but also unecessary.+

#Hezbollah truck flow on regular basis from #Syria to #Lebanon without the need to use the harbour or the airport and not even the official borders between #Lebanon and #Syria.

#Hezbollah supports an international investigation. Its leadership knows the ammonium nitrate can't explode on its own & a professional investigation wld shed light on what has happened coz it is a national catastrophe & the number of casualties deserves a proper investigation.

There is no #Hezbollah weapons cache at the #Beirut harbour & no #Israel attack coz the circumstances of the explosion were present with a huge fire before the explosion ongoing and firemen trying to control it. Sorry for all the conspiracy theorists around.

The report was forwarded to the Lebanese Army Intelligence branch, to the direction of the customs and to the President of the council of Ministers's office (Saad Hariri at the time because the report was sent last year). #Beirut #LebanonExplosion

The General of the National Sec told me that the AN was leaking and pilled in an unprofessional storage way. But the biggest surprise he gave me is the following: There were poisonous material (I promised him not to share a lot of info) nearby at the Harbour #LebanonExplosion

The General said the Lebanese President Michel Aoun asked about the report yesterday and was forwarded to him. The Lebanese officer said the ship was heading towards Mozambique but stopped in #Lebanon to offload merchandise but also for repair.

The General said that because of the damage to the ship and becausde the ship needed repair, the owners left it behind because the taxi at the Harbour was too elevated. The AN shipment was confiscated by the Lebanese authorities and nobody really cared what to do with it.

The number of casualties is now officially 113 (with a strong possibility to increase), 5,000 wounded and there are around 300,000 homeless due to the explosion. This is the first time, after world war II, that a city is hit by an equivalent of 1000 tons of TNT (2700 tons of AN)

According to manuals for the brand of NH4NO3 believed to have been in those warehouses, the [explosive potential] (pardon my lack of technical terminology) was 0.20 the bag weight, so 550 tons. Still massive, and maybe even more incredible how much damage was done.

https://twitter.com/ejmalrai

https://iranian.com/author/elijah-j-magnier/

please free to enter more current tweets at will; my eyes are bonkers and need some down time.

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https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/31/in-dramatic-policy-shift-israel-t...

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday instructed the IDF to bomb Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah harms Israeli soldiers or civilians.

A senior defense official told Israel Hayom that Gantz issued the order to prepare such a response during meetings on Thursday with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other members of the general staff.

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Tensions have rapidly escalated between Israel and the terrorist organization since the death of Hezbollah operative Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, along with two other terrorists, during an airstrike on Damascus International Airport earlier this month.

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@ggersh

i need a shower! and as RT had it, immediately ken roth of the compromised human rights watch blamed it on Hezbollah! ...then deleted his tweet.

oddly, the one issue that HRW's ever gotten morally correct is I/P. ooopsie; or do i mean Shamnesty Int'l?

but there's no way for me to vouchsafe elijah's conclusions, of course.

on edit: ping! this is elijah's pinned tweet at the top:

The last time that the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, visited Israel was shortly before the assassination of Major General Qassim Soleimani at Baghdad Airport. General Milley re-visited Israel a few days ago and met with Defence Minister Benny Gantz, the chief of staff Aviv Kochavi, and Mossad Director Yossi Cohen. The visit, which lasted for a few hours in the context of “confronting Iran and its allies in the Middle East, especially the threat posed by the Lebanese Hezbollah”, may be announcing a “hotter” summer. The topics were Iran but also the dangerous escalation between Hezbollah and Israel. Israel has removed forces along the Lebanese borders and deployed tanks and artillery brigades. Is this an act of intimidation or a mere precaution? Are the US and Israel preparing to ignite a war and change the rules of engagement? Are these defensive or offensive measures? And when will Hezbollah respond by selecting an IDF target to kill?

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@wendy davis if only cuz in his greatest ever mind it would help with his
reelection. UFB

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to show the world that we will not let shit like this happen. We are the Indispensable Nation, the All Purpose Bomb Dropper State, punishing all who deserve it.

Keep a sharp eye out for "intelligence" on this. We must know who to bomb.

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@fire with fire

i'd say iran, a two-fer for bibi, 2. but even his military knows how crazy that would be.

syria again? bibi and boss tweet have officially recognized that the golan heights belong to israel.

isn't 'US intelligence' an oxymoron by now? make shit up give it to the CIA Times to report by anonymous intelligence officials?

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@fire with fire
that we actually *aim*...

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... one kiloton, or a half-kiloton, or maybe a couple of kilotons. 300,000 homeless.
A MOAB is a conventional bomb with (according to wikipedia) a yield of 11 kilotons. El Trumpo fired off one of those at the start of his term just because he could.
How can you look at something like this and think "we need more and bigger bombs". Seems like this one is plenty big enough to me.

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zakaria had solemnly intoned: "Today donald trump became the president!"

MOAB = MAGA?

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'Solidarity' From Around the World as Beirut Reels After Disaster Leaves 300,000 Displaced, 100 Dead, Over 4,000 Injured

50 percent of people there are unemployed and its economy is a disaster. And of course we are making things worse for Lebanon on Israel's behalf. Funny though when congress voted to send weapons to Lebanon and Trump disobeyed them he wasn't impeached for it. Why? Bibi the NUT ordered it. "Yas sir masta you tell us to jump we'll ask how far" Stopping here cuz I am not fond of Israel.

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congress had voted to send weapons to lebanon. yes to 'jump, how high, bibi'. but luckily there are jewish voices for peace even within zionist israel. jonatan cook always says one day they'll outnumber the others, but: when, jonathan?

this bloke said it right, yes?

and r. magnier had tweeted:

'#Iraq will send 100,000 b of crude oil every month to #Lebanon for free as a support to the country in need.

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This article was written...oddly; was it copied from an ESL source?

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and the source; it will enlighten you.

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@wendy davis Baal Almighty, I hate Twitter.

I always kind of wondered how Prince Belphegor could both be a patron of invention and the Lord of Sloth; now Twitter, His unholy masterpiece, makes it clear, for with it even veteran journalists are seduced down the primrose path of convenience.

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

So many people view Lebanon through Israel/Hezbollah eyes. It is nice when someone doesn't.

My son called me to ask if I was watching the news. I wasn't. He told me a big explosion had happened in Beirut. So I quickly went to various feeds and it was obvious this was just a port screw up. Needless to say, most Western media had to put it into a Israel/Hezbollah context. That is the only way they know Lebanon (or the Middle East in general).

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Ammonium nitrate [is] considered a stable component and can withstand very high temperature without exploding on its own

Tell that to Texas City.

If nobody notices an impending explosion until it's too late, it doesn't matter if there was "time to evacuate" - the time has been wasted.

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i got some sleep last night and when i woke up the emotional impact hit me hard. the first thing i'd seen is that there must be glass shards absolutely everywhere. the next was that given the enormity of the blast that could be heard as far away from cyprus, how many people on the ground not only can't breathe properly, but can't hear properly, either.

impossible not to imagine the terror, the cries and wails of the babbies, the wounded, those grieving for the missing, and for those who have already crossed to the great beyond.

next was trying to imagine that even with all the good will in the world, the funds, deliveries of building materials, volunteers, imagine the logistics of providing shelter for 300,000 homeless. including: sanitary facilities, even rudimentary kitchens with food and safe drinking water...

i have a few morning additions, beginning with:

an hour ago from Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai

I have all the necessary facts and details now. I'll write the full story on how the #BeirutExplosion took place and what were the favourable circumstances for the blast to occur. No conspiracy theory included so don't expect me to join in. You'll be very disappointed.

The official death toll reached 137. Security Sources said it would reach above 175-200 as there are dozens missing. Wounded over 5000 and homeless over 300,000.

Lebanese News and Updates @UpdatesLebanese
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MOH Hassan: A number of Arab and European embassies and health ministries have contacted us and extended a helping hand to Lebanon; since yesterday, aircraft carrying aid have started arriving, and coordination is taking place between the Health Ministry and the Lebanese army.

- The Russians brought in a lab to help in COVID-19 testing, after the ministry of health faced issues due to the huge burden on the health sector. - Health Minister: The speedy intervention of the Russian team and the setting up of the field hospital is good and it's ready to receive the sick and wounded.

- Macron when asked did you discuss your actions here with the USA, he said: "It is the USA that talks to us about what happens in Lebanon".

Macron: I spoke frankly and transparently with the three presidents regarding the need to fight corruption, implement reforms, conduct a transparent investigation into what is happening in the banking system, and continue dialogue with the IMF. - Macron from Baabda: I noted the anger that is present on the streets of Lebanon.  - Macron: Strong political measures needed to fight against corruption and lead to reforms for Lebanon. He says his visit is not only related to the explosion, but has a political background.

RT.com has a (poorly written, imo) report on the damning & malignant history of the 'arrested' ship, but it includes:

“In a grotesque twist, someone reportedly decided to store fireworks next to the combustible cache. The unofficial story goes that it took a welding job on the warehouse's door to set them alight, which in turn triggered the massive explosion of ammonium nitrate, with varying estimates putting it as equivalent to one or several kilotons of TNT.”

george galloway's initial impressions:

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elijah's not up with his promised thread yet at his home site, and yes, his first language seems to be french; he often notes proofreaders and translation help.

@irreductible_Em 8h
France has sent planes, rescuers, medical equipment and a mobile clinic to Beirut yesterday. Not to play the chiché card of the French/English comparison but.. What is England/the UK doing to support?

@MuneerEsraa
Palestinian volunteers from the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon take part in the rescue operations in Beirut After the big explosion, which killed a hundred people and left many under the rubble.

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The Hungarian government to send one million euros in humanitarian aid to Lebanon to help victims of a deadly blast in #Beirut

the Lebanese Red Cross on Twitter

there's a bloke out there on the #Beirut account claiming Pakistani origin who seems to have fairly poorly photoshopped a missile hitting the wharf buildings and names Israel as the culprit.

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elijah's up with this at his home website:

i haven't read it yet, but look forward to it.

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