This is a summary of 18 AMN articles on the following subjects: Beirut, Lebanon, Damascus, Daraa, Quneitra, Syria, China, Iran, US, France, Macron, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Baghdad, Iraq, Idlib, Trump.

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Head of Beirut Port says no explosives stored near substances that blew up

Published 2020-08-05 15:29:13 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The head of the Port of Beirut said that no explosives were stored near the substances that blew up inside the 12th ward, the Sputnik News Agency reported. According to the head of the facility, those were dangerous materials, but “not to this extent”. He also said that Customs and State Security had sent letters to “remove the explosive materials, but for six years we have been waiting to address the issue with no result”. In the meantime, the Lebanese authorities have decided to use the port of Tripoli as a temporary replacement for the… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Syrian Army seizes large amount of foreign-supplied weapons: photos

Published 2020-08-05 15:10:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has seized a large amount of foreign-supplied weapons that were left behind by the militant forces in southern Syria. During their combing operations in the Daraa, Al-Quneitra, and Damascus governorates, the Syrian Army found various weapons and large quantities of ammunition, including American bombs and Israeli-made mines, left behind by the militants. A source in the competent authorities stated in a statement to SANA that the army uncovered 180,000 rounds of ammunition, RPGs, machine guns, and mines. The source added that among the seizures were also “American-made bombs, Israeli-made individual… Read on ->

Tags: Damascus, Daraa, Quneitra, Syria

US Navy seizes ship carrying supplies from China to Iran: Fars

Published 2020-08-05 14:34:03 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:20 P.M.) – The U.S. Navy has allegedly seized a ship that was en route to Iran, carrying zeolite needed for manufacturing oxygen concentrators for coronavirus-infected patients. According to the Fars News Agency, the U.S. warships seized the ship near the Chinese port of Qingdao on Wednesday morning. “Only one imported part is used for production of oxygen concentrators, which is zeolite, and we are forced to purchase it from France and import it to the country through several intermediators,” Peyman Bakhshandeh-Nejad, the CEO of Zist Tajhiz Danesh Pouya company in Iran, told the Fars News Agency. He… Read on ->

Tags: China, Iran, US

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French President to visit Lebanon on Thursday after Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-05 14:15:36 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to meet with the government after Tuesday’s explosion at the Port of Beirut, the presidential office reported on Wednesday. Macron’s visit to Lebanon will mark the first time since Hassan Diab was named Prime Minister that the French President will travel to Beirut. The Lebanese Health Ministry reported earlier today that the death toll from the explosion has exceeded 80, while the total number of wounded is estimated to be between 3,500-4,000.

Tags: Beirut, France, Lebanon, Macron

Chinese newspaper claims S-500 gives Russia advantage over US warplanes

Published 2020-08-05 13:40:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Chinese newspaper, People’s Daily, described the Russian-made S-500 system as “unimaginably accurate”, indicating that it will take great responsibility in protecting the Russian sky. The Chinese daily noted that rapid progress has been made in developing all types of Russian weapons, such as “the T-14 tank, the Su-57 fighter, and of course, the S-500, which was recently successfully tested in Syria.” They pointed out that the results confirmed that the S-500 air defense system is able to shoot 10 long-range missiles at one time, even if the target moves at a speed ranging between… Read on ->

Tags: China, Russia

Turkish, Azerbaijani forces carry out military exercises amid increased tension with Armenia: video

Published 2020-08-05 13:20:44 by News Desk in Turkey, World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense published a video of the “Turkish-Azerbaijani Eagle 2020” maneuvers being held by the two countries in Azerbaijan. The ministry’s Twitter account posted footage shot by drones of Turkish and Azerbaijani soldiers and tanks while they were carrying out exercises. The ministry confirmed, “The ongoing maneuvers in Azerbaijan are continuing successfully as planned.” The exercises, which started last Wednesday, are being held in the capital, Baku, and the cities of Nakhchivan, Kanja, Kordimer, and Yulakh, and are scheduled to continue until August 10th, while the ground exercises will… Read on ->

Tags: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey

Video footage of new US hypersonic glide body in action

Published 2020-08-05 13:11:46 by News Desk in World-News

On 19 March, the United States successfully tested a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The test, according to the Pentagon, marked a “major milestone” in the US path to acquiring hypersonic weaponry. The US Army has unveiled a new video of a March common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) test in Hawaii. The new footage, presented at the annual Space and Missile Defence (SMD) Symposium, shows the moment the projectile hits its designated target in flight. It is not clear whether the missile was loaded with an explosive warhead. Army Lieutenant General Thurgood, who… Read on ->

Tags: US

Syria offers to help Lebanon after Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-05 12:31:37 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Syria has indicated its willingness to “put all capabilities to assist Lebanon” to overcome the effects of the explosion at Beirut Port. In a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wahbeh, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem expressed Syria’s “sympathy and solidarity with fraternal Lebanon” and expressed its willingness to help Lebanon “to overcome the effects of this tragic incident.” SANA reported that Muallem said during the call, “the Syrian Arab Republic was extremely affected by the horrific explosion at the Port of Beirut, which claimed the lives of a number of innocent people and… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Syria

Aerial footage shows devastating aftermath of Beirut Port explosion

Published 2020-08-05 11:47:51 by News Desk in Lebanon

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – On Tuesday, a massive explosion hit the Beirut Port in the central part of the capital, resulting in massive devastation and heavy casualties. According to the Lebanese Health Ministry, over 80 people were killed and 3,500 more were wounded because of the blast on Tuesday. Aerial footage recorded by RT Arabic on Wednesday morning showed the devastating aftermath from this explosion at the Beirut Port.

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

New rocket attack targets Baghdad’s Green Zone

Published 2020-08-05 11:36:06 by News Desk in Iraq

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – The government security media cell in Iraq said in a press statement that in the early hours on Wednesday morning, a Katyusha missile landed in the vicinity of Baghdad’s Green Zone. “The missile did not cause any damage or losses, and the launch was from the Dora area, south of the capital,” the Iraqi Security Cell reported this morning. Some reports alleged that the U.S. military activated its air defense system around the Green Zone to intercept the Katyusha missiles; however, this has not been confirmed by either the American-led Coalition or the Iraqi military…. Read on ->

Tags: Baghdad, Iraq

Bomb attack wounds 4 Iranian officers in Sistan-Baluchistan

Published 2020-08-05 11:22:17 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – Four Iranian police officers were injured in Zahedan on Wednesday, after a bomb exploded along a street inside this city in the Islamic Republic’s southeastern region. In a statement released this morning, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) headquarters in southeastern Iran announced that the explosion occurred in the Zibshahar district of Zahedan, which is located in the center of the Sistan-Baluchistan Province. The deputy police chief of the region for security affairs said that the police received a false report after midnight regarding an incident in an area inside Zahedan, adding that the police… Read on ->

Tags: Iran

US to slap new sanctions against Syria to force regime change

Published 2020-08-05 11:10:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – In an article on Wednesday, The New York Times said Washington intends to tighten sanctions against Syria to change power there, but many experts question the effectiveness of this U.S. measure. According to the article, officials in the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump are determined to impose new restrictions on the basis of the “Caesar Act”. This was reportedly included in the American military budget for fiscal year 2020, and it gives the U.S. administration the right to impose sanctions against institutions and individuals providing direct and indirect assistance to Damascus, as well as… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Russia sends 5 planes with humanitarian aid to Lebanon

Published 2020-08-05 11:00:28 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Emergency said that five planes were sent to Lebanon to help clear the debris from the explosion that occurred at Beirut Port on Tuesday. The Ministry also announced the dispatch of specialists from the Russian Consumer Protection Agency to Beirut, lab kits to test for coronavirus, clothes and means of protection. The ministry’s press office told Sputnik: “Five planes belonging to the Russian Ministry of Emergency will be sent as part of the humanitarian work to Beirut to provide assistance and eliminate the effects of the port explosion.” The press office… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Russia

Satellite image allegedly shows 2 Russian Su-57 jets in Syria

Published 2020-08-05 09:32:12 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – A satellite image shared by the publication Avia.Pro this week showed two Russian Su-57 jets parked at a Syrian airbase. “Several hours ago, Syrian military experts published information from the Syrian Military Capabilities community that two new Russian fifth-generation Su-57 fighters had been spotted near the hangars. It is reported that earlier these aircraft were not seen either on the territory of Russia or on the territory of Syria, which may mean that the Russian military is carrying out the last test run of two new combat serial aircraft,” Avia.Pro said. According to the Russian… Read on ->

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Massive explosion at Beirut Port equivalent to 4.5 magnitude earthquake: report

Published 2020-08-05 09:00:25 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Jordanian Seismological Observatory of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources recorded the explosion that occurred at the Beirut Port on Tuesday, and stated that its intensity was equivalent to an earthquake with the magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter Scale. The head of the observatory, Mahmoud Al-Qaryouti, said in a press statement that the Jordanian earthquake monitoring stations recorded the explosion at 06:08 minutes, and that the explosion was equivalent to a 4.5-magnitude tremor. Al-Qaryouti described the energy released from the explosion as “very strong”. The source of the powerful explosion that rocked… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish Army sends large armored convoy to Syria’s Idlib

Published 2020-08-05 08:31:58 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – On Tuesday, the Turkish military sent a large armored convoy from the Hatay Province to Syria’s Idlib Governorate. According to local reports, the Turkish military sent a large convoy through the Kafr Lousen Crossing, as they moved to a number of observation posts in the Idlib Governorate. The reports said that the Turkish convoy consisted of several armored personnel carriers (APC), which were deployed to the observation posts, including one in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of Idlib. The Turkish military has now sent at least seven convoys to northwestern Syria since the start of August…. Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria, Turkey

Trump says US military experts believe Beirut explosion was ‘bomb of some kind’

Published 2020-08-05 08:09:01 by News Desk in Lebanon

US President Donald Trump sent his sympathies to the Lebanese people on Tuesday, following an explosion in Beirut that has killed scores of people. However, the president referred to it as an “attack,” which contradicts statements by the Lebanese government that it was an industrial accident. Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday he sends “America’s deepest sympathies to the people of Lebanon” following the explosion at the Port of Beirut, which has killed at least 73 people and injured thousands more. “Our prayers go out to all their victims and their families,” Trump said, indicating the US… Read on ->

Tags: Lebanon, Trump

Lebanon declares Beirut ‘disaster city’ after port explosion

Published 2020-08-05 01:33:38 by News Desk in Lebanon

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 A.M.) – On Tuesday, the Supreme Council of Defense announced that Beirut is a disaster city after the huge explosion occurred at the Port of Beirut, and submitted a recommendation to the cabinet, which is meeting tomorrow, to declare a state of emergency in Beirut and formed an investigation committee to submit its report within five days. The President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, said at the beginning of the session of the Supreme Defense Council that the Beirut port explosion was a major catastrophe that hit Lebanon. He pointed out that the aim of this meeting… Read on ->

Tags: Beirut, Lebanon

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