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Tiroteo y voraz incendio en un edificio de Miami: decenas de evacuados, varios heridos y uno, de un disparo

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Un voraz incendio se desató este lunes por la mañana en un edificio de de condominios en Miami, Estados Unidos. Fuentes oficiales confirmaron que el fuego se originó en el tercer piso del complejo Temple Court Apartments, ubicado al oeste de la Interestatal 95, muy cerca del centro de la ciudad. El fuego comenzó pasadas las 8 de la mañana y mostró dimensiones no registradas en 25 años en el distrito.

La noticia fue confirmada en conferencia de prensa por el alcalde Francis Suarez, quien además informó que los socorristas también encontraron a un hombre con heridas de bala y que por estas horas está en estado crítico: recibió un disparo en la cara. Las autoridades señalaron que el tiroteo es parte de la investigación del incidente.

El alcalde lamentó el siniestro, «el peor de los residenciales de los últimos 25 años«, según consignó, e informó que la persona con «herida de bala» fue trasladada al Ryder Trauma Center del Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Las primeras versiones indican que el fuego se originó en el tercer piso del complejo ubicado en el 431 NW 3rd St. Desde entonces, decenas de personas fueron evacuadas del lugar y otras tantas resultaron con heridas, aunque no se precisó el número. El fuego y el intenso humo que emanó desde los pisos superiores aumentaron la dificultad del rescate de las personas atrapadas.

Además, el alcalde indicó que dos bomberos fueron trasladados a un hospital debido a un golpe de calor y que ambos se encontraban en condición estable. Por lo pronto, funcionarios de la policía de Miami indicaron que el tiroteo se trató de “un incidente aislado”, lo que significa que no hay ninguna persona que esté prófuga.

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Las imágenes tomadas desde helicópteros de medios de noticias mostraron llamas saliendo del edificio junto con grandes columnas de humo varias horas después que comenzó el incendio.

Inicialmente participaron alrededor de 40 dotaciones de bomberos, quienes trabajaron con diferentes tipos de escalera para tirar agua y espuma sobre el edificio. Además de rescatar a decenas de personas de los balcones que intentaban huir de las llamas.

Varias dotaciones de bomberos trabajan para sofocar el incendio que se produjo en un complejo de edificios en Miami. Foto: AP.

El trabajo de los bomberos fue dificultoso ya que la situación se presentó particularmente peligrosa debido a la proximidad del edificio con árboles y otras construcciones muy cercanas al lugar donde se inició el foco del siniestro.

El complejo de apartamentos Temple Court, construido en 1920, se compone de 61 unidades. Hay departamentos de un dormitorio y también oficinas, y está ubicado cerca del río Miami. Los residentes, muchos de ellos ancianos, fueron llevados a un área donde se les brindaron comida y medicamentos, dijo Suarez.

Los bomberos trabajaron durante más de cuatro horas para sofocar el fuego iniciado en el Temple Court Apartments. Foto: APLos bomberos trabajaron durante más de cuatro horas para sofocar el fuego iniciado en el Temple Court Apartments. Foto: AP

El diario Miami Herald aseveró que el caso del tiroteo es totalmente independiente al siniestro originado por el fuego que por estas horas se continúa investigando. No hay precisiones aún de qué originó el incendio. Sí se sabe con certeza que las pérdidas materiales han sido casi totales.

En tanto, la policía de Miami también emitió un mensaje a través de la red social X, pidiendo a los residentes que evitaran la zona de Lumus Park y alrededores debido a la peligrosidad del área.

Durante toda esta mañana, la policía bloqueó las calles y autopistas adyacentes al edificio para facilitar el trabajo de los equipos de emergencia y garantizar la seguridad de la gente.

Los esfuerzos de contención del incendio continuaron hasta bien entrada la tarde hasta que lograron detener el avance de las llamas. El humo intenso y las condiciones peligrosas dentro y alrededor del edificio obligaron a los bomberos a adoptar medidas adicionales de seguridad.

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JERUSALEM — With Israel on the verge of a third full-blown war against Hezbollah because of the Lebanese organization’s constant firing of deadly missiles, drones and rockets, the differences and similarities between Hezbollah and Hamas are now under the microscope. 

The Islamic Republic of Iran finances the Mideast terrorist movements Hamas and Hezbollah, who have declared war on Israel and who are also responsible for committing numerous terrorist attacks against American civilians and military service personnel.

Fox News Digital contacted experts for a tale-of-the-tape analysis on Hamas, which is situated in the southern Gaza Strip, and Hezbollah, which is the de facto ruler of the Lebanese state on Israel’s northern border. Israel has fought two wars against Hezbollah, in 1982 and in 2006.

«Hezbollah is the crown jewel in the Iranian empire of terror and evil and is by far the most powerful Iranian proxy equipped with nation state capabilities and even with more firepower than several European militaries have today,» Jonathan Conricus, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former IDF spokesman told Fox News Digital.

HEZBOLLAH TERRORISTS LAUNCH MASSIVE ROCKET ATTACK ON ISRAEL AMID MOUNTING TENSIONS

In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the memorial for slain leader Sheik Abbas al-Mousawi, who was killed by an Israeli airstrike in 1992, in Tefahta village, south Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

Despite widespread poverty and economic instability in Iran, the Islamic Republic is also a generous funding source of Hezbollah, providing the Lebanese terrorist organization with over $700 million a year, according to the Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. State Department. Joint military cooperation between Iran’s regime and Hezbollah has been a longstanding feature in Lebanon, Syria and throughout Europe with respect to terrorism and war planning.

«In a military comparison, Hezbollah is far more powerful than Hamas across the board in every military metric. In terms of the amount of rockets they have, the range, the accuracy or the payload or size of the warhead, also in terms of the amount of personnel, armed fighters, their training and their equipment,» Conricus added.

Israeli artillery

Israeli soldiers fire a mobile howitzer in the north of Israel, near the border with Lebanon Jan. 15, 2024.  (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hezbollah has amassed a massive arsenal of an estimated 150,000 rockets and missiles that are aimed at the Jewish state. The IDF has degraded Hamas’ supply of 20,000 rockets and missiles since the start of the war. However, Hamas was capable of launching eight rockets from the city of Rafah into Israel two weeks ago. Fox News Digital reported last week that Hezbollah launched over 200 missiles, rockets and drones into Israel.

The economics of Hamas and Hezbollah have similarities and differences in the scope of funding and military training from Tehran.  

«Hezbollah and Hamas are both terror organizations funded mainly by Iran. Hezbollah’s loyalty is only to Iran. Hamas is for everyone who helps it,» said Edy Cohen, a Lebanese-born Israeli scholar of Hezbollah.

HEZBOLLAH BOMBARDS ISRAEL WITH ROCKETS, DRONES

Hezbollah terrorists training.

Hezbollah terrorist organization’s Radwan forces in training video. (Memri.org)

Cohen, a researcher at the Eitan, the Israeli Center for Grand Strategy, said «Hamas is under a sea blockage and cannot fly to other countries and cannot receive goods or arms easily. Hezbollah can.»

The number of terrorists fighting for both organizations varies. The IDF has reduced Hamas’ terrorist force by nearly 50% since the start of the war to between 9,000 and 12,000 combatants.

«Under the guidance of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the group boasts a troop strength of 20,000 to 25,000 full-time fighters, with additional tens of thousands in reserves,» the IDF wrote on its website. «Hezbollah’s elite Radwan Unit is particularly noted for its combat proficiency and strategic importance in conflicts across the region. This particular unit … was established with assistance from Iran’s Quds force.»

Walid Phares, co-president of #EducateAmerica and a professor of Middle East Studies, told Fox News Digital the first principal difference between Hamas and Hezbollah is «Hamas comes from the Muslim Brotherhood organizationally and ideologically, so it is a Sunni extremist group, a chapter of Ikhwan among many chapters in the region.» 

Ikhwan is an Arabic word for the Muslim Brotherhood.

A Palestinian fighter from the armed wing of Hamas takes part in a military parade

A terrorist from Hamas takes part in a military parade to mark the anniversary of the 2014 war with Israel near the border in the central Gaza Strip July 19, 2023. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo)

He added that «Hezbollah comes from an opposite side. They are Shiites, but Jihadi Shiites, made of Lebanese Shia Islamists who have been recruited (and funded) by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, or the Sepah Pasdaran as early as 1980. They were launched by the Islamic Republic in northern Bekaa that year and marched south all the way to the southern suburb of Beirut and then to the south after Israel started to withdraw.»

ODDS OF ISRAEL-HEZBOLLAH WAR ‘INEVITABLE,’ EXPERTS FEAR: ‘TOTALLY PESSIMISTIC’

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the IDF Gibor base in Kiryat Shmona, where he was briefed by 769th Brigade Commander Avraham Marciano and Northern Command Home Front coordinator Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Alon Friedman June 5, 2024. (Israeli Government Press Office)

Phares, co-host of the popular «War and Freedom» podcast, said Hamas’ «ultimate goal is to destroy Israel, establish a Taliban-like emirate or state in Palestine, but, more importantly, have that Islamic entity join a new Caliphate across the region. Hamas as such is not a ‘nationalist’ group, but a Pan-Islamist organization.»

In contrast to Hamas, Phrase noted that Hezbollah believes «in exactly the doctrine of the Iranian regime. That is to establish a Khomeinist republic in Lebanon to join the sister Islamic Republic in Iran, and also in Iraq and Yemen, and eventually form a ‘parallel’ Shia Khomeinist (Jihadist) type of Caliphate, known as Imamate, Shia Islamists reject the Sunni Caliphate.» 

Terrorists from Hezbollah train in Lebannon

Hezbollah Radwan forces training in Southern Lebanon near the Israeli border. (AP/Hassan Ammar)

The Islamic revolutionary Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, with a mission to export his Shia Islamism across the world.

«So, they are at polar opposites ideologically, how did they come together and what is common between them. What is common is, first, that they both want to destroy the Zionist entity [Israel]. That’s the ultimate joint goal. Then, they both want to bring down all Arab regimes who are with peace or are obstructing their jihad. They are both enemies of America,» Phares said.

Iran military parade

An Iranian military truck carries surface-to-air missiles past a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the country’s annual army day April 18, 2018, in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)

The Iranian regime’s financing of both terrorist movements is a crucial factor, according to Mideast experts, in understanding jingoism in the region and the destabilization of the Levant and the Islamic heartland in the Middle East. 

Qatar hosts the Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, who told the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera network in 2022— two years before Hamas launched its Oct. 7 invasion into southern Israel — that Tehran funnels at least $70 million to Hamas each year.  

«Iran stands at the forefront of supporting the cause and [the] people of Palestine,» Haniyeh said in March.

NETANYAHU SAYS ISRAEL ‘PREPARED FOR VERY INTENSE ACTION’ AGAINST IRAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH AMID RISING TENSIONS

The intense relations between Hamas and Hezbollah stem from the mid-1990s.

Counterterrorism expert Bruce Hoffman also noted in a June 14 article on the website of the Council of Foreign Relations that «some five hundred Hamas fighters were trained in Iran in preparation for the October 7 attacks, a reflection of Iran’s longstanding support of Hamas.»

Phares explained that Hamas and Hezbollah came together in 1994-1995 when «hundreds of Hamas cadres and leaders were exiled by Israel to south Lebanon. They were hosted by Hezbollah, who linked them up with the regime in Tehran. They were received, funded and armed. They were told the two Jihadisms can work together despite the Sunni and Shia divide. «

Hamas leader Sinwar.

Yahya Sinwar, center, the elected leader of Hamas, appears during a ceremony for fighters killed by Israeli air strikes at Yarmouk football stadium May 24, 2021, in Gaza City, Gaza.  (Laurent Van der Stockt/Getty Images)

He said Hamas embraced the Shia side to the «point that in 2011 they eventually sided with [Syria President Bashar] Assad’s (pro-Khomeinist) regime against Sunni Salafi Jihadi factions. That was a major crisis for Hamas, accused by Sunnis of betraying them. But, eventually, when Assad regained ground in Syria, and the Islamic Regime shifted the fight to Gaza, Hamas regained ‘Jihadi notoriety’ in the region.»

«Strategically speaking, Hezbollah is currently enjoying a situation where it has Israel exactly where it wants it. And Israel has indeed achieved quite a lot of military achievements. But, on the strategic level, Hezbollah is benefiting from an attrition in Israeli capabilities and from a very challenging diplomatic situation,» Conricus, the former IDF spokesman, noted.

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A mural of Hassan Nasrallah with a red background and people cheering in front of it

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a video link as his supporters raise their hands during the Shiite holy day of Ashoura in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

«As long as the international community fails to understand the severity and acts with urgency in order to facilitate a diplomatic deal that will return Israeli civilians to their homes safely, the only other option that remains is the military one, which Israel, unfortunately, will have to use in order to implement the responsibility of any government to safeguard the lives of its civilians. I hope that can be avoided, but currently that does not seem to be the case.»

The U.S. has sanctioned both Hamas and Hezbollah as foreign terrorist organizations. The EU has merely sanctioned Hezbollah’s so-called «military wing,» a terrorist entity, while France has blocked the designation of a full terror proscription of Hezbollah. The EU sanctioned Hamas as a terrorist organization in 2003.


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