HUNDREDS OF CASUALTIES: Terrifying Blast Rocks Beirut; Israel Offers Medical Assistance [VIDEOS]

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A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said there were dead and wounded, but did not have an exact figure, just saying there were hundreds of casualties.

A civil defense official on the scene of the blast said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies inside the port, many of them under debris.

Under the joint directive of Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel has approached the Lebanese government via international military and diplomatic channels and offered humanitarian and medical assistance.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

An Israeli government official as well a Lebanon officials confirm that Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. @hu bacha, must be that you are speaking with Hakodosh Boruch Hu and He is telling you why He caused that to happen, can you please ask Him for Moshiach to come?

  2. To the people leaving celebratory messages here:

    1) Be better than the Palestinians who celebrated 9/11. As Jews, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.

    2) The Gemara says not to cheer when the wicked are killed. Certainly not when innocent civilians are killed. The people caught in this explosion in Beirut are regular citizens of Lebanon, just because Hezbollah runs rampant in Lebanon doesn’t mean the regular people living in that city are co-conspirators.

  3. Avnerk, is there a reason for the Lebanese to claim extra covid deaths? They get tax credits for it there?
    By the way, what’s doing in Florida, Texas etc. with covid deaths? I am sure nobody is dying there after they reopened too early on the urging of Trump and his allies in the Republican party and the right-wing media. Why did Trump cancel the convention in Florida? Because of fake covid deaths?

  4. I am so sad for the innocent and decent people of the beautiful city of Beirut. These people have suffered so much from so many different aggressors over the years and never seem to catch a break. Hashem Yerachem.

  5. “chizuk1 ”
    i dont agree to any of your statements
    1) we are not trying to be better, we just are better because Hashem chose us, face the facts we are chosen, not these bozos. anyway when Hashem destroys Sonei Yisroel ( a goy cant tell the difference between a zionist and a regular frum jew in case you havent noticed, thats also a quote from the Satmar Rav) then we are happy to see some form of yad Hashem openly, nothing wrong to praise that, its called being mechazik in your emunah.
    2) the gemara doesnt say not to cheer when wicked are killed(unless you are a malach so everything is Hashem’s Briah therefore its a pity to destroy Hashem’s creation and we shouldnt be cheering if you are a malach) when the yam suf drowned the mitzrim, the yidden sang shira to Hashem (if you wake up on time everyday for shachris and are Conscious then you realize you say the pesukim everyday) when Hashem destroys our enemies we are mechuyiv to say thank you and sing to Hashem.

  6. “Pals did not celebrate 9/11. That’s a myth.”

    Actually there was video taken that day of Arabs in Jerusalem celebrating. Trump, of course, lied and claimed that they were in New Jersey. But in fact they were East Jerusalem Arabs, who identify as Palestinians. (Why Jews would want them to be annexed to Israel is beyond me.)

    ” The people caught in this explosion in Beirut are regular citizens of Lebanon, just because Hezbollah runs rampant in Lebanon”

    That part of Lebanon is West Beirut, which is Sunni Muslim, NOT Hezbollah which is Shiite.

  7. chizuk1: The Gemara says not to cheer when the wicked are killed.

    What are you talking about? The gemara explicitly REJECTS that view and says the exact opposite. The gemara attributes your opinion to HAMAN HARASHA, and says that Mordechai Hatzadik held the opposite, that באבוד רשעים רינה, and that הוא אינו שש אבל אחרים משיש.

    There is a no-longer-extant medrash that says the reason we don’t say Hallel on Shvi’i shel Pesach is because of the dead Egyptians, but (a) that medrash contradicts the gemara and is therefore NOT accepted lehalacha; and (b) even that medrash applies only to Hallel and not to any other kind of celebration, all of which are appropriate even according to that medrash (Shu”s Chavos Ya’ir).

  8. mdd1, there is no great increase in deaths in Florida. The increase in CASES is due to increased testing, and young people testing positive but not getting sick.

    The convention is being scaled down not because of any real danger but because of the increased restrictions that would apply, and because a lot of delegates would feel uncomfortable — some because they’re older or medically vulnerable, and some because they’d have to quarantine when they got home.

  9. Oh, and chizuk, the Torah does not believe in “innocent civilians”. When a nation sins the entire nation is guilty, including the women and children. We celebrate Makas Bechoros, which affected even the first-born children of the prisoners and slaves, and we don’t care that there were undoubtedly many Egyptians who were not personally guilty of anything. Nor do we cry for all the innocent Germans who suffered when their nation lost WW2. Tehillim, which we say in benching every weekday, tells us that when it comes Bovel’s turn to be conquered and devastated, and the Bavlim’s enemies murder their tiny children, we will cheer and be happy.

  10. Nowayjose, Pleasestaycalm was kidding, being a little sarcastic. MDD1, avenerk was kidding, being sarcastic. Can we all chill? And btw we should never rejoice when even our enemies fall. And many of these that fell were innocents. Isnt that why we dont say full Hallel on shvi shel pesach? May any righteous goyim that need it (and any jews) have refua sheleima

  11. LAmother, no that is NOT the reason there is no mitzvah to say Hallel on Shvi’i Shel Pesach. That was found in an obscure medrash that is no longer extant, but it contradicts our gemara so we do not accept it lehalacha. But even according to that medrash only Hallel is not appropriate; every other form of celebration IS.

  12. Happy to see that we have talmidei chachomim here on the forum and it’s not just a moshav leitzim (might be that as well…)
    I think that everybody would agree that at least while we are still in Golus (yes, the great US of A is also golus, not only Europe and Israel) it is NOT the time to gloat publicly. [Anything online is 100% public, whether we like it or not.]

    If an inmate saw a Nazi trip up and injure himself, he would certainly not laugh out loud and say ‘Serves you right!’
    Problem is we feel too comfortable. It’s hard to remember we are still a sheep surrounded by 70 wolves.
    We do not want any reminders of the bitter truth, so we’d better remember ourselves, and behave accordingly.

    Maybe that is why Dovid HaMelech said אז’ ימלא שחוק פינו’- Only then. Oz.