FACT CHECK: Hezbollah's Fakery on Blame for Beirut Blast

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On August 7, Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah party, rejected accusations of responsibility for last year’s massive explosion that killed hundreds in Beirut. Nasrallah’s comments, which came in a speech a few days after the first anniversary of the blast, were broadcast on Al-Manar, the Hezbollah-owned television channel in Lebanon. He denied that Hezbollah had stockpiled the explosives that blew up. “From the outset, many politically motivated people accused Hezbollah, before any investigations, claiming Hezbollah had stored weapons that exploded,” he said. Nasrallah’s blame-shifting is misleading. In fact, there is compelling evidence that Hezbollah had control over facilities at the Beirut port where the ammonium nitrate explosive material had been stored. Furthermore, Hezbollah and friends have been accused more than once of stockpiling and transporting explosives, including ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be used to make bombs. For the record, the United States, European Union and others regard Iran-backed Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The U.S. claims Hezbollah was involved in 1983 bomb attacks that killed hundreds of Marines and others in Lebanon. The group has been engaged in Lebanese politics since at least 1992; some dispute whether Hezbollah was behind the 1983 bombings. LINK: https://www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-hezbollah-fakery-on-blame-for-beirut-blast/31413498.html
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