The explosion in Beirut and the Armenian community: what will happen to the pearl of the Middle East

YEREVAN, August 6 – Sputnik. The tragedy in Lebanon may be cause for uniting Shia, Sunni, and Christian communities in the country, told Sputnik Armenia head of the Department of Iranian studies Yerevan state University, orientalist Vardan Voskanyan.

According to him, information about the explosion in the port of Beirut was a rather controversial, but it is clear that we are dealing with a man-made disaster, have a technical problem. Speaking of sound, particularly from the Israeli experts, allegations of a possible fault of the country’s largest movement “Hezbollah”, orientalist called them dubious.

“In such cases, attempts to advance its interests. You know that Israel has a serious problem with Hezbollah, therefore, is an attempt to put the blame on them. But it is not only a military structure, it is a crucial structure in the political life of the country represented in Parliament and other spheres”, – said Voskanyan.

There are opposite charges that the Israeli attack. Interestingly, about the attack and said the US President Donald trump. But the most likely version of human negligence.

In General, the charges from different sides, not surprisingly, still in Lebanon, the interests of several regional and global players. Given the presence of many communities, the political system of the country is quite vulnerable.

This tragedy can be a catalyst for uniting Shia, Sunni, and Christian communities in the face of common challenges. Such conditions now are.

“Despite the tremendous damage, there was a condition to create atmosphere selianski solidarity. If the government can use, then we can talk about a United Lebanon at least in the short term,” said Voskanyan.

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On the other hand, it is hampered by the interests of Israel, Syria, Iran, the West (US, EU). In particular, France has traditionally been represented in Lebanon and has close relations with this country (no wonder the French President went to Beirut).

Now Lebanon is in dire need of help. And not only because of the explosion, but the severe economic crisis and coronavirus. Regional and international players can take advantage of this to promote their interests at the expense of assistance.

Israel, for example, wants a joint of Lebanon, as he considers this country to be its adversary.

“Despite this, Israel has in Lebanon certain supporters. But in recent years Hezbollah has become most powerful and influential force in the country. It is already possible to say that this power is not only Shiites, but turned into selyansky structure,” said Voskanyan.

If there are preconditions for strengthening the organization’s role in Lebanon, Israel will do anything to reverse the process.

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On the other hand, the strengthening of solidarity in Lebanon is in the interests of Iran. Especially if the basis would be the Shiite Hizbollah. Tehran maximum profitable recovery.

As for the Armenians of Lebanon, this country is a major center for Armenians. Suffice it to say that there is a residence of the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

“We need to assess risks on site. If you need assistance on the spot, it should do the same. If there are families who want to move to or , the Armenian authorities must do everything for this,” said Voskanyan.

Armenia must defend not only the citizens but also people of Armenian nationality.

The explosion of 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, according to the latest figures, killed 135 people and about 5 thousand were injured, many are missing.

Affected both the Christian and Muslim quarters of the city, were killed and several local Armenians. The shock wave of the explosion was felt even on the East coast of Cyprus, about 200 km from the coast of Lebanon.

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