In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday showed images of what he claims is a Hezbollah weapons depot in the middle of a residential area in Beirut, near a gas company. calling on Lebanese citizens to act now before another deadly explosion occurs.
“This is where the next explosion will happen, right here,” he said.
“You have to act now, you have to protest against this, because if this thing blows up, it’s another tragedy,” Netanyahu said, addressing the Lebanese people. “You should tell them: ̵
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has denied Netanyahu’s allegations, insisting that the group does not store missiles in civilian facilities and urging the media to go and check the site.
Nasrallah said in a televised speech: “The media can go now. If there were missiles there, Hezbollah does not have time to remove them … this shows that Netanyahu is lying.”
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On the spot, the media found a small factory housing heavy machinery but without weapons.
Dozens of reporters, including an Associated Press photographer, visited the small factory in the southern Jnah district on Tuesday at the end, where they saw large chunks of iron and steel, heavy machinery and oxygen cylinders, but no missiles or weapons. any kind.
Last month, a warehouse filled with nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of Beirut, killing nearly 200 people, injuring thousands and causing widespread destruction in the capital.
The ammonium nitrate had been stored there for several years after being removed from a hijacked cargo ship. No one has yet been held responsible for the explosion, which appears to have been triggered by an accidental fire.
Israel has long accused Hezbollah of storing weapons and maintaining military posts in civilian areas, especially in Beirut’s southern suburbs and southern Lebanon, both strongholds of support for the Iranian-backed militant group.
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Following Netanyahu’s speech, the Israeli military released detailed maps showing the site at Jnah and two other alleged missile depots that are said to be under residential apartment buildings.
He described all three precision-guided missile production sites. The military provided precise locations of what it called weapons sites but did not provide any other evidence and did not say how advanced the production schedule was.