Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati published a statement. It stated that the Iranian fuel shipments imported by the Hezbollah movement have violated Lebanon’s sovereignty. This given out from his office. “The violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty makes me sad,” Mikati told CNN in an interview. Following this his office gave this out in a posting on Twitter on his account. He further added: “But I’m not concerned that sanctions can be imposed” on Lebanon “because the operation was carried out without the involvement of the Lebanese government.”
The Tehran-aligned group brought in tanker trucks with fuel from Iran. This happened on Thursday. This believed to hamper the energy crisis in Lebanon. A tanker ship carrying the fuel started from Syria and following the path it crossed into Lebanon. Currently both Syria and Iran are under US sanctions. The authorities have now seized in 20 tons of ammonium nitrate. This chemical had a disastrous fall during the deadly explosion that happened in Beirut’s port last year. This stated by the state media following the incident. Ammonium nitrate is an odorless crystalline substance. This chemical used in fertilizer and has been the sole reason for several explosions over the years.
The National News Agency stated that security forces raided a fertilizer warehouse in the eastern Bekaa Valley. This spot known as the hub for all the smuggling operations happening between Lebanon and Syria. The seized chemicals stored in a safe place. Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi has ordered the security forces to check thoroughly across the area. This done majorly to avoid any mishap from happening. The company that exported said that this intended to use as fertilizer for agricultural purposes.