“We are before a major humanitarian and national catastrophe at all levels,” his eminence said in a televised speech. “There are more than 150 martyrs; the majority of them are Lebanese, with a remarkable number of Syrians and national from of different countries.”
“There are thousands of wounded, and dozens are missing. Tens of thousands of families left their damaged homes due to the explosion,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “Livelihoods of thousands were affected, and panic stormed the hearts of millions. “Buildings shook in a way that made people believe that it was a major earthquake or that there was an explosion close to them.”
Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the major negative effects of Beirut blast on the humanitarian, medical and economic situation in the country. “Beirut blast has been completely obliterated. This would cause major economic losses.”
“This explosion affected all the Lebanese with all their sectarian affiliations,” Hezbollah leader said, adding “Beirut is city of all the Lebanese and represents all segments of Lebanese society.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that all the Lebanese must face such catastrophes in an exceptional way psychologically, politically and in media, adding, “We must express sympathy, love and solidarity with each other.”
In this regard, Hezbollah Secretary General underscored the speedy intervention of the civil committees in helping the state authorities, adding that the role of the medics, rescue teams, municipalities, religious boards and individuals was vital in face of the consequences of the calamity (removing debris, cleaning streets, etc.).
Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that Hezbollah followers, institutions, and committees rushed after the explosion to provide relief aids to the affected people, reiterating the party’s readiness to assist the government authorities in face of the catastrophe and provide temporary shelters for those whose houses were damaged or destroyed. “We have an experience in housing people after July 2006 War, and I ask people to take our offer seriously.”
Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the stances taken and relief aids sent by the Arab and foreign governments as well as resistance movements to support Lebanon despite the siege imposed by the United States, pointing out that Hezbollah views the visit of the French President positively as it come in the context of helping and uniting the Lebanese.
“We wish US imposed its siege just on Hezbollah, not on all the Lebanese.”
Sayyed Nasrallah added that when catastrophes occur, everyone halts disputes and conflicts in order to preserve unity in face of the challenge, but that after Beirut explosion, this unfortunately did not happen.
“Just after the explosion, some local and Arab TV channels as well as social media pages adopted an alleged scenario which claims that Beirut port’s warehouse which exploded contained missiles or ammunition for Hezbollah. Although official sources denied the presence of missiles in the port and confirmed that nitrate is used for agricultural and industrial purposes, they (local and Arab TV channels) insisted that the ammonium nitrate had been stored by Hezbollah for 6 years in order to blame the party for the explosion.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that this claim is an unjust defamation, adding that they follow the propaganda law: “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.”
“I categorically deny the claim that Hezbollah has arms cache, ammunition or anything else in the port.”
“Although the US administration and the Western media stopped promoting this unfair claim, some Lebanese and Arab TV channels continued circulating it.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah neither runs Beirut port nor does it interfere in its administration, adding that the Resistance knows about Haifa Port in Occupied Palestine more than Beirut Port. “As a Resistance, it’s our duty to know what’s going on in Haifa Port, but not Beirut Port.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said that the investigations are ongoing and can reveal the truth about the explosion and the stored substances within a short time, calling on all the Lebanese to boycott the media outlets involved in falsifying the truth.
Sayyed Nasrallah said he would not engage in political feuds with the parties attempting to utilize the explosion, stressing that it is the time of sympathy and solidarity. “I don’t care to settle political scores right now. This is not the time for that. Country requires compassion, and later on we can get into political feuds.”
Hezbollah leader underlined the importance of holding just and serious investigations that can reveal the truth as called for by the President and the Prime Minister in order to try and punish all culprits regardless of their religious and political affiliations.
Truth and justice must prevail, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who proposed tasking the Lebanese Army to conduct the investigations and identify the culprits “as all the people and political parties trust it”.
Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the investigations must be up to the exceptional catastrophe and culprits must be tried and punished regardless of their affiliations, adding that this would be a main test which indicates whether the Lebanese parties can establish the state or not.
“If the competent authorities fail in this duty, it would never be possible to establish and maintain the state in Lebanon.”
The way how the foreign countries is dealing with the consequences of the explosion opens new chances that must be seized by the Lebanese, Sayyed Nasrallah said.
Addressing those who have engaged in a battle against Hezbollah on the basis of Beirut explosion, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “You will not achieve any result.”
Sayyed Nasrallah also reassured the Resistance supporters, saying: “The international and regional situation has changed. Hezbollah is bigger, greater and more noble than to be taken down by some liars, inciters, and who are trying to push for civil war. They have failed before and will fail again.”
Hezbollah Secretary General said, in the beginning of the speech, that he delayed his speech scheduled to be last Wednesday due to the catastrophic blast, clarifying that the speech was specialized to identify Hezbollah attitude towards the developments on the border with the occupied Palestine and to dwell on other important issues in Lebanon and the region.
Lebanon has been in mourning as Beirut was ravaged by the two massive blasts which rocked its port, killing at least 150 people and injuring more than 5,000 others. Dozens have been also still missing.