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Top intelligence official and 8 people killed in Beirut’s Blast.

The car bomb exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, the same area, nearly the same spot were Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in 1982, was the bomb targeting the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement leader?

8 people killed in Ashrafiyeh district in Beirut by a car bomb.

The car bomb exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, the same area, nearly the same spot were Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in 1982.

Lebanon, Beirut (SaebPress) — At least eight people have been killed and more than 97 wounded by the blast Friday hit the Ashrafiyeh district, 200 yards from the central office of the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement; it was reportedly caused by a car bomb.

The huge car bomb that exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, according to Lebanese fire department and witnesses killed At least eight people and wounded more than 97. Several cars were set on fire by the blast; security forces were deployed in large numbers and sealed the Ashrafiyeh area.

Internal Security Forces brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan was killed in a massive blast Friday, according to multiple media sources.

Al-Hassan is the head of the ISF’s controversial information branch, and had arrived in Beirut from outside Lebanon Thursday night.

He is considered to be a divisive figure in the Lebanese political arena. Backed by the opposition March 14 coalition, he has led a number of raids against people affiliated with March 8, most notably Michel Samaha who was accused of planning terrorist attacks at the behest of the Syrian government.

Earlier this week, Lebanese Al-Diyar said its editor-in-chief Charles Ayoub received death threats after publishing a series of articles criticizing al-Hassan.

The ISF’s information branch was created in the aftermath of former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination in 2005. It was considered a counterweight to Lebanese military intelligence which was seen to have close relations with Damascus. The newly formed security apparatus was largely trained and supplied by US and pro-US Arab intelligence services. This the first time a Lebanese political figure has been assassinated since a string of bombings between 2004 and 2008 killed a number of high-profile military and political figures in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the government of Syria has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack as a ‘cowardly’ move. Hezbollah condemns the  attack as well. It is the first major bomb attack in Beirut since 2008. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon’s divided community but it occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict. the blast Friday hit the Ashrafiyeh  was 200 yards away from the central office of the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement;  Bashir Gemayel was assassinated at the same spot of today’s car bomb blast.

Christian Phalange movement acted under direct orders from the then ‘Israeli –Defence’ Minister Ariel Sharon,  Lebanese Forces militia (LF) the military arm of  Phalange movement was accused  and implicated in committing September 16th 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, Hundreds of Palestinians  were murdered by Phalange Christians forces between September 16 and 18, 1982, while ‘Israel’ occupation’s soldiers were positioned around the camps. They slaughtered over 3,500 women, children and old men of the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee Camps.

Brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan, killed Friday by a large explosion in Beirut’s Achrafieh district, was a top security official and a mysterious, controversial player in the Lebanese political-security arena since 2005. he headed the Internal Security Forces’ (ISF) controversial Information Branch, considered a divisive security apparatus because of the strong backing it enjoys from the opposition March 14 coalition, and a number of raids it conducted against people affiliated with the ruling March 8 coalition. He was in charge of the ongoing investigation against former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha. Samaha was arrested in August over allegations that he was plotting to plant explosives in the northern city of Akkar at the behest of the Syrian government.

The ISF’s information branch was created in the aftermath of former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination in 2005. It was considered a counterweight to Lebanese military intelligence which is seen to have close relations with Damascus. The newly-formed security apparatus was largely trained and supplied by US and pro-US Arab intelligence services, including Saudi Arabia.

Syrian crisis had spilled over into Lebanon

In a visit to the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday  17th Oct , Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab peace envoy  to Syria warned the Lebanese leadership “you cannot expect the Syrian crisis to remain within Syrian borders; the Syria’s conflict could set the entire region ablaze.” he said.

Sources confirmed to SaebPress the on-going clashes at Syrian Lebanese border have been raging between Syrian army and the’ free Syrian army’ and its Lebanese supporters, the source confirms that the Lebanese supporters lost 17 Lebanese in an ambush on the Lebanese border Friday. The Syrian army actively engaged in patrolling the borders between the two countries in an effort to stop the influx of smuggled arms and terrorists from Lebanon.

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Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”

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US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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