Israel posts video of alleged Hezbollah Beirut arms plants

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli army released videos on Friday meant to prove the presence of Hezbollah missile factories in the suburbs of Beirut, despite the denials of the Lebanese movement.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of manufacturing and storing weapons near fuel facilities in Beirut and warned of a “another tragedy” in the event of an explosion.

On August 4, hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at Beirut’s port exploded, killing more than 190 people, injuring thousands and ravaging large parts of the city.

Netanyahu has repeatedly accused Hezbollah, backed by Israel’s arch-foe Iran, of building missiles to attack the state.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accused the Israeli premier of “inciting the Lebanese people against Hezbollah as usual”.

“We don’t store rockets at Beirut port, nor do we put them next to gas stations,” he said in a televised address.

“We will allow media outlets to go into this site and see what’s there,” he said.

Dozens of journalists, including an AFP photographer, then went to the site located in Jnah, in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

There they saw heavy machinery inside a two-storey warehouse.

“This is a normal industrial site,” said Hezbollah spokesman Mohammad Afif, who accompanied the group.