Saudi accounts have been described as misleading, holding Hezbollah responsible for the Beirut bombing


The American Daily Beast website said that Twitter accounts linked to Saudi Arabia broadcast conspiracy theories and blame Hezbollah for the Beirut port explosion that left thousands of victims and homeless, amid the Lebanese division over the investigations.

Citing intelligence sources, he added that “misleading” information is spread through four verified accounts linked to Saudi Arabia, and has been active in recent years in campaigns aimed at harming Iranian interests.

According to the site, a hashtag that holds Hezbollah responsible, began to spread within 24 hours of the explosion, despite the authorities and Hezbollah denying any role in the incident.

An expert in Middle East studies quotes that the aim of “misleading” accounts is to justify the local Saudi public opinion that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, noting that the accusations carry great danger.

According to the latest official statistics today, Friday, the Beirut Port explosion left 154 dead, about 5,000 wounded, and hundreds missing, in an infinite toll, in addition to massive physical damage to facilities, installations and homes, and the loss of 300,000 people.

Lebanese variation

The political arena in Lebanon is witnessing divisions between calls for an international investigation into the circumstances of the explosion, and demands for the maintenance of investigations by the local authorities.

Former prime ministers Saad Hariri, Fouad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tamam Salam today called for a request from the United Nations or the Arab League to form an international or Arab investigation committee to carry out its duties in uncovering the circumstances of the disaster that occurred in Beirut, and the former prime ministers called for the services operating in the Beirut port of the governorate. On the scene of the explosion and not to harm it.

The Future bloc, led by Hariri, called for a transparent judicial and security investigation that is not subject to compromise, as it puts it, with the participation of international experts and specialized committees capable of uncovering the truth.

Also in this context, the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, and the head of the Lebanese Forces Party, Samir Geagea, called for an international investigation of “the loss of confidence in the ruling class”, according to the latter’s opinion.

On the other hand, Elie Ferzli, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, rejected calls to open an international investigation into the causes of the Beirut port explosion, and saw this as the abolition of the Lebanese judiciary and the state.

The government decided to form an administrative investigation committee to uncover the causes of the explosion, to raise the results of its work within five days at the latest, and the military authority was asked to impose house arrest on all those responsible for storing ammonium nitrate in the Beirut port from 2014 until the date of the explosion.

President Michel Aoun said – in a speech he delivered after an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers held on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace – that everyone is determined to proceed with the investigations, reveal the circumstances of what happened as soon as possible, and hold the officials and minors accountable, and stressed that the results of the investigations will be announced transparently.


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