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February 6, 2016 / 27 Shevat, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Explosion’

Russia Sends Security Personnel to Review Egypt Airports

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Russian personnel have been sent to review security measures at the Egyptian airport in Sharm el-Sheikh, as well as in Cairo and elsewhere in the country in the wake of the recent MetroJet crash in the Sinai Peninsula.

As did Britain, Russia has followed with a suspension on travel to and from the Sinai Peninsula — a move that could easily constitute the death knell for the slowly rejuvenating Egyptian tourism industry. At least 20,000 UK citizens are stranded in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, but there are a whopping 50,000 Russian citizens also in the area, according to estimated foreign ministry and tourism figures.

In St. Petersburg on Sunday, the bells tolled 224 times, once for each of the victims who died in the crash of the MetroJet in Sinai a week ago this past Saturday.

The black boxes on the doomed plane — in particular, the damaged cockpit voice recorder — were both recovered from the 13-kilometer (nine mile) crash site. And although it will take time to completely extract all the information they contain, experts so far have been able to learn there was a loud bang just before all sound cut off in the aircraft.

Prior to that “bang” all function on the plane was proceeding normally, or at least seemed to be, with the navigation system on autopilot. The jet reached a cruising elevation of 32,000 feet at 23 minutes before it began to fall from the sky — another indication that whatever happened may not have been caused by human error or mechanical failure.

Russian officials as well as citizens are becoming increasingly concerned by the growing realization that it was indeed likely that a bomb brought down the passenger flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. The remains of only a fraction of the passengers — some 58 — have been identified thus far.

The Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization almost immediately claimed responsibility for the crash, saying it was carried out in response to Russia’s presence and attacks on Muslim fighters in Syria.

A local source with whom JewishPress.com spoke in London on Monday described a conversation with a business colleague from Moscow, saying he was “heartbroken — just completely heartbroken by it all. He can barely speak.” According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the conversation was typical of others that had been repeated over the past week. “Nearly everyone is still in shock,” said the source. “They are all moving through fog; no one can believe it. No one is used to thinking about terrorism this way.”

That, in fact is the crux of the matter, pointed out a journalist on the CNN network. The idea that Da’esh , a real wild card, has now become so powerful that it is capable of bringing down foreign aircraft as they fly over the Sinai Peninsula with hundreds of innocent passengers is “simply frightening,” the news network said.

Given the risk in the region posed by ISIS, Iran and the escalation in terrorism by Palestinian Authority attacks on civilians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears set to request an upgraded military aid package of at least $5 billion to help defend Israel against the threats it is being forced to contend with, now and in future years.

 

 

Explosion on Israel’s Golan Heights Border

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Security personnel were summoned to Israel’s northern border Thursday morning to verify reports of an explosion in the Golan Heights.

The cause of the explosion was not clear, according to the report broadcast on Israel Radio.

IDF officials said it was possible the explosion was caused by errant gunfire due to spillover from the civil war raging across the border in Syria.

However, as Israel’s Foreign Ministry noted in a tweet on Thursday, “#Hezbollah continues to build an army equipped with tens of thousands of missiles – more than the stockpiles of many NATO members.”

The terror group, which has deployed thousands of fighters in Syria to protect and defend the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, has been the recipient of both Syrian and Iranian largesse in return for its loyalty.

Hezbollah also periodically announces its “readiness” to engage Israel in battle.

This past weekend, Syrian media reported that Israeli Air Force warplanes allegedly attacked military bases in the eastern Lebanon mountains near the border with Syria. According to local sources, the target was a military unit in the village of Ras al-Ayn, and a base on the outskirts of the village of Al-Qutayfah.

An historic citadel in the ancient archaeological ruins of Palmyra was badly damaged in multiple air strikes Monday by Russian war planes aimed at a nearby ISIS terror base.

Iran’s official FARS news agency claimed that additional Russian attacks aimed at rebel positions near the Golan Heights were actually aimed at Israel.

Second Chemical Plant Explodes in China

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

A second chemical plant has exploded in eastern China, this time near the city of Zibo, in Huantai county in Shandong province, south of Beijing along the east coast.

At least nine were injured in the blast, which occurred at around 8:50 pm local time, according to the official Xinhua state news agency.

The cause of the explosion is not known.

There is a residential area about one kilometer away from the plant, where a fireball rose into the sky above the warehouse at the Runxing chemical plant.

The death toll was 100 at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tinajin on August 15. More than 700 were injured and thousands left homeless in the double blast.

The massive explosions ignited with a huge fireball that rose into the sky surrounded by fireworks. It was not clear what set off the conflagration.

Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, toluene diisocyanate and other chemicals were being stored in the warehouses and have been leaking from site since the initial explosions occurred.

No Jews or Israelis Missing in Massive Bangkok Blast

Monday, August 17th, 2015

At least 15 people are believed to have been killed and 25 injured in a massive bombing attack that rocked the city of Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

Many Jews and Israelis frequent the city as tourists, and a number of others visit for work in kashruth supervision and other industries. However, none are believed to have been present at the time of the blast, a local source told JewishPress.com .

Police said explosion left a huge crater close to the Erawan shrine in the center of the Thai capital.

The attack took place at about 7 pm local time in the central Chidlom district, next to a five-star hotel and near three major shopping centers, The Telegraph reported. Among the hotel chains in the area are the Holiday Inn, the InterContinental, Renaissance and Grand Hyatt.

Foreign tourists may have been among the casualties, according to a report by the BBC.

At least one more bomb has been discovered and defused by police officers thus far in the Ratchaprasong area, the news service reported.

The reason for the attack is not clear, and no terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

‘Nuclear Expert’ Among Dead in Iranian Nuclear Plant Explosion

Monday, October 6th, 2014

An unnamed nuclear expert is among the dead after a lethal explosion Sunday evening at or near the Parchin military compound near Tehran.

At least two people died in the blast, according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA).

Quoting the Iranian Defense Industries Organization, ISNA reported, “Unfortunately, due to the incident two workers of this production unit lost their lives.” At least four military personnel were wounded while responding to the blast, according to a post by an opposition group quoted by the Washington Free Beacon.

The blast apparently followed a fire that allegedly started in a unit where explosive materials are produced at the nuclear facility, news reports said.

Reports from the site began filtering into media by Monday. The BBC quoted Saham news as saying the explosion was “so intense that windows of buildings nine miles away (15 kilometers) were shattered,” in a southeasterly direction. “The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance away.”

Three years ago, there was a massive explosion at a military base not far from Parchin, about 28 miles (45 kilometers) west of Tehran. The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards missile program and 16 others in the unit were killed in the blast, which Iran blamed on an accident that occurred during a weapons transfer.

Talks between Iran and six world powers have been focusing on dialing back the Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment program but Tehran has shown little interest in cooperating. According to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran missed a deadline to respond to questions about its nuclear development program.

Negotiations centered on lifting economic and other sanctions by Western nations in exchange for reducing enrichment of uranium are scheduled to culminate in a Nov. 24 deadline, but few believe that “red line” will stand firm.

Last month Israeli officials warned that Iran has used the Parchin complex as the site for secret testing of technology that could only be used for detonation of a nuclear weapon.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement that the implosion tests at Parchin involved neutron sources that included nuclear material. Steinitz released his statement just one day before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

Steinitz warned that Israel had based its information on “highly reliable information” but revealed no further details.

The Islamic Republic has continued to deny that it is building a nuclear weapon but refuses to reduce or slow down its nuclear development program in any way. Iran has, in fact, accelerated the pace of its uranium enrichment both in quality and quantity, raising both to military weapons-grade levels.

For years Iran has refused to allow nuclear inspectors from the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to the Parchin base outside Tehran. On March 8, 2012, six world powers (U.S., UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) demanded that Iran allow the UN inspectors to tour the Parchin site – but with no success.

“It is important to emphasize that these kinds of tests can have no ‘dual use’ explanation, since the only possible purpose of such internal neutron sources is to ignite the nuclear chain reaction in nuclear weapons,” Steintz added.

Massive Explosion in Iran

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Iranian Fars news agency reports a massive explosion in Qazvin city in Iran. The explosion reportedly happened in an oil depot.

A 2 kilometer radius has been closed off around the site.

There may be a secret uranium enrichment plant in or near Qazvin, according to Iranian dissidents.

AP reports there are many casualties.

Jerusalem Fire Department Prevents Mega Terror Attack

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

On Tuesday afternoon, Jerusalem fire fighters evacuated dozens of residents from three buildings in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem after multiple gas lines inside the different buildings were found severed.

A burning candle and other flammable materials were discovered near one of the cut lines.

Police believe the lines were intentionally cut in an attempted terror attack.

The gas lines were shut down and the buildings were ventilated.

The police are currently investigating the incident, with leads to the adjacent Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

A Jerusalem Fire Department spokesperson stated that the fire fighters’ quick action and decisiveness prevent a large scale disaster, “They prevented a tragedy while putting themselves in a great personal danger,” he said.

Two months ago a couple and their infant were killed in a gas leak blast in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Giloh. Another 11 were wounded, including one severely.

A month ago a building collapsed in Acre as a result of sabotage of the gas lines in the building, killing five.

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