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The collapse of the silos of the port of Beirut

From the forties of the twentieth century, the Lebanese scene returned to a forgotten historical tunnel, the situation of the country living in a critical phase, with a new border conflict open to two ends: either signs of prosperity and development or a fierce and destructive war.

Raising this file coincides with attempts to reach a solution to the maritime border demarcation crisis between Lebanon and Israel, by reviving the file of negotiations between the two countries.

At its inception, the talks were supposed to be limited to a maritime area estimated at 860 square kilometers, the borders of which are defined by Line 23, based on a map sent by Lebanon in 2011 to the United Nations.

However, Lebanon later considered that the map was based on wrong estimates, and demanded that an additional 1,430 square kilometers be searched, including parts of the Karish field, known as line 29.

The Qana field is located in an area where Line 23 intersects with Line 1, which is the line deposited by Israel to the United Nations, and extends further than Line 23.

The Naqoura Tunnel, which separates Lebanon and Israel, which is disputed between the two parties, has taken the top spot in the country’s political and security scene once again, after it became clear that it had a prominent role in the ongoing maritime border negotiations between the two countries, which are being mediated by the United States. Gas from the sea, each within its own offshore economic zone.

During his visit to the town of Naqoura in southern Lebanon, the Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ali Hamiya, who is counted from Hezbollah’s ministerial share in the Lebanese government, stopped at the entrance to an old stone railway tunnel, on the Lebanese side of the “Ras al-Naqoura” area, whose excavation dates back to The era of the British Mandate, where the Beirut-Acre railways, which were used by the Allies during World War II to provide supplies and supplies, crossed from it.

Hamiyah accused Israel of “occupying a large area of ​​it,” and demanded the return of “every inch of it, as it is subject to the property of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.”

The Lebanese minister confirmed that the length of the tunnel is 690 meters and the surrounding area is 1,800 square meters, according to a study prepared by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works.

He added: “We will not leave the tunnel to anyone, and we want tourism investment in our entire border lands in the Ras Al-Naqoura area, and we are working on preparing a book of conditions to launch tourism investment projects through a global bid for tourism investment and the establishment of marine cable cars and tourist resorts, and we are thus drawing a new equation with the Israeli enemy.” “.

coordinated campaign

Hamiyah’s statements, which once again shed light on the Naqoura Tunnel, were accompanied by a media and social media campaign by Hezbollah supporters to demand the restoration of the tunnel, accusing Israel of preventing Lebanon from benefiting from its rights to its lands.

It is a connection and synchronization that does not seem spontaneous, given the great importance that Hezbollah attaches to the Naqoura border area, which has historically witnessed border and security negotiations between the Lebanese and Israeli sides mediated by the United Nations through the “UNIFIL” forces.

Hezbollah attached the step of its minister to a meeting and a tour of media professionals, public figures and clerics, in the Ras Al-Naqoura area, at the invitation of the “National Media Meeting”, one of the media gatherings supporting the party under the title “Our wealth is a red line”, with the aim of shedding light on the existing and emerging border conflict. Naqoura Tunnel.

And it does not seem that the activity will be the last, as the Minister of Culture in the Lebanese government, Muhammad al-Murtadha, who in turn is affiliated with Hezbollah’s ministerial share, announced the organization of a cruise on the thirteenth of next August, which will depart from all Lebanese ports in the direction of “Ras al-Naqoura”, confirming the Lebanon’s right to its entire marine wealth,

Al-Murtada stressed that the Ministry of Culture’s adoption and sponsorship of this event stems from its duties “to spread awareness and a culture of steadfastness, especially in the face of attempts to usurp rights, including our rights in our marine wealth.”

escalation and threat

This comes after Hezbollah escalated its stance towards Israel, against the backdrop of the approaching date of gas extraction, which it announced next September, even if the negotiations on demarcating the maritime borders with Lebanon were not resolved.

The leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, threatened a military confrontation and prevented the extraction and sale of gas from all of Israel, if the conflict was not resolved by negotiations and if the gas exploration companies did not start their work on the Lebanese side, in turn offering a deadline until September, which caused Hezbollah to retreat from its position Previous.

This came after weeks of a remarkable military escalation by Hezbollah, which was represented in sending 3 reconnaissance planes – shot down by Israel – over the Karish natural gas field, which Lebanon claims for a part of which falls within its border area, and also demands, in exchange for its abandonment, that Israel give up another disputed field It is called “Kana”.

The Israeli army shot down three unarmed Hezbollah drones this month that were flying over the Karish field in the Mediterranean.