Those silos are made of stern stuff to survive that intact.
I wonder if UK personnel in Akrotiri will be on stand by to provide SAR assistance? And don't forget UK personnel from RAG who provide training and mentoring to the LAF on behalf of HMG. Many of them live in down-town Beirut. And of course, our people in HBM Embassy (including a number of SP).
I’m currently working on a project in Lebanon but because of COVID I’m working remotely. Thank Christ as this bit of the port isn’t very far from many of the various embassies and ministries, or the hotel I normally stay in. The Swedish and Dutch embassies are quite close to the port, for example.
During my visits there over the years, I’ve learned that the government is a patchwork quilt with various ministries shared between different factions.
My UN source (who works quite closely with the Army) said the stuff was confiscated. It’s not hard to imagine that once it was taken off the ship it sat there because none of the ministries could agree what to do with it.
There's a few Aussie diplomats injuredThe Australian Embassy has been 'significantly impacted' according to PM Morrison. One Aussie dead, not clear if they were at the Embassy or elswhere.
E2A: fatality not Emb pers, but some Emb pers injured.
Interesting to read that there are 20,000 Australians living in Lebanon - Australia has always had a significant Lebanese community (and some were behind the creation of the Aussie wine industry - and in NZ, as well). I can't recall the number of those entitled to UK protection in Beruit, but it runs into the thousands.There's a few Aussie diplomats injured
The Australian embassy in Beirut is "considerably" damaged following a huge blast in Lebanon's capital that killed more than 70 people, including one Australian citizen, and injured thousands.www.abc.net.au
Lebanon's Prime Minsiter Hassan Diab has said it is "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were being stored in a warehouse.
"I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened so we can hold them to account and impose the most severe punishment," the prime minister was quoted as saying by an official Twitter account.
"It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures and endangering the safety of citizens"
Interesting to read that there are 20,000 Australians living in Lebanon - Australia has always had a significant Lebanese community (and some where behind the creation of the Aussie wine industry). I can't recall the number of those entitled to UK protection, but it runs into the thousands.
84 Sqn no stranger to Beirut if it is not on standby A little 3 and half decades ago along with Phantoms and Buccaneers in support of peacekeeping forces ..then Need descde later, their Wessex sent into the Lebanese mountain a with humanitarian effort in 92/93...
Their Bell 412 Griffon did exercise in Jordan I believe few years back.
Lebanese uses couple of former Offshore — Bristow Sikorsky S-61N for SAR...amongst ex Us Army Bell UH-1H etc
Not sure if they have deployed but while back US Army aviation were talking about returning back to Cyprus as forward based deployment. But akrotiri was not the base they wanted to go to as 3 decades ago, the Beirut Air Bridge Army UH-60A Blackhawks rotated from West German based units.
Cyprus on Wednesday accepted a request from Washington to station a rapid response unit on the island in case US diplomatic missions or civilians need to be evacuated in the region following Iran’s missile strike. Cypriot government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos told reporters that the request was...www.financialmirror.com
The Air BRidge supported the US Embassy in Beirut as a Life line and other diplomatic sensitive cough cough missions. Mate of mine who was a CWO flew with Beirut Air Bridge I. 88/89.
The mission in the last 2 decades have been carried out By the Department of State Air Wing Sikorsky S-61N And S-61T Triton ( DoS was the only customer for the T Triron model and Sikorsky stopped production) .
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Laughingly, I saw one of Akroriri based State Department Air Wing former 61N operating in airborne Firefighting Season with Helicopter Transport Seevices Inc, back in Feb at Chino Airport (my pic below). This was also a former Resident of Aberdeen with CHc.
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One assumes the stuff was meant for Syria and seized by lebanon and then left to languish in a warehouse these past 6 years..Why now, as I assume welders work in beirut port all the time, so was the stuff been moved around in recent days and secretly been sold on by some local entrepenuers.It seems a bit odd for him to point the finger so soon, before an investigation has even taken place.
He also goes on to say
So did he already know this, and if so surely the buck stops with him?
(Update) But yes, 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate is pretty damn insane... The question I'd REALLY like answered is why it was stored basically "in the city".
I highly doubt a fire works factory (and it did seem to be ) ever had that amount of raw explosive material; it's good to question stuff... but perhaps things are deeper and more.... timely, than we consider.