Iran warns against ‘politicising’ Beirut explosions

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This picture taken on Aug. 4, 2020 shows a general view of the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut. Two huge explosions rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut, wounding dozens of people, shaking buildings and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, some bloodied, after the massive explosions, the cause of which was not immediately known. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday warned against “political exploitation” from the recent explosions in Beirut.

“It is unacceptable for various groups, individuals, and countries to use the Beirut tragedy as an excuse for their political objectives,’’ Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said during his weekly press conference.

Mousavi said that any judgment about the cause of the incident should be based on the results of a thorough investigation.

The Iranian spokesman referred to the western sanctions on Lebanon, saying that if those countries want to help Lebanon, they should first lift the sanctions they have imposed on the Lebanese people and government.

The explosions in Beirut’s port area on Tuesday left fewer than 158 people dead and over 6,000 injured.

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