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Pauline Hanson insists extraordinary rant about Melbourne housing commission residents wasn’t racist

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Pauline Hanson has refused to back down after her extraordinary Today show rant labelling Melbourne’s locked-down housing commission residents ‘drug addicts and alcoholics’ led to her being banned from Channel Nine’s flagship breakfast show.

Nine executives ruled the ever-outspoken One Nation senator had crossed a line when she told host Allison Langdon residents complaining about being locked in their towers should ‘know what it’s like to be in tough conditions’.  

‘Come on Ally, we’ve seen food being delivered there,’ Hanson replied. 

‘A lot of them are drug addicts as well, they are getting their medication, they are alcoholics so they’re being looked after in that way.’

She also said refugees should be accustomed to tough conditions having experienced life in the war-torn countries they came from. 

Within hours Channel Nine announced she would no longer be a regular contributor on the show – with a spokesperson for the network calling her comments ‘ill-informed and divisive’.

But speaking to Sky News’ Andrew Bolt wearing a shirt emblazoned with the Australian flag on Monday evening, Ms Hanson denied claims her comments were ‘ill-informed’ and that they constituted racism.

The senator had attracted heavy criticism for saying refugees living inside the towers should learn English during the controversial interview with Langdon and Stefanovic.

‘As long as I’m a member of parliament, I’m going to keep speaking out and saying what I feel, what needs to be said if we’re going to have a cohesive society,’ she said.

‘I’m up for election in two years time – if they don’t want me, good. Don’t vote for me. That’s as simple as that. Until then, they’ve got me for the next two years and if you don’t like its stiff biccies.

‘I’m not disrespectful to people but I will call out the way I see it which is in tune with a lot of Australians.’ 

She claimed she was only being called racist because people disagreed with her point of view.

‘Having criticism is not racism. I’m not racist and people misuse that word when they disagree with what you have to say,’ she said. 

Pauline Hanson has denied claims her comments about Melbourne's locked down public housing residents were 'ill-informed' and that they constituted racism. She had said refugees should be accustomed to tough conditions having experienced life in the war-torn countries they came from

Pauline Hanson has denied claims her comments about Melbourne's locked down public housing residents were 'ill-informed' and that they constituted racism. She had said refugees should be accustomed to tough conditions having experienced life in the war-torn countries they came from

Pauline Hanson has denied claims her comments about Melbourne’s locked down public housing residents were ‘ill-informed’ and that they constituted racism. She had said refugees should be accustomed to tough conditions having experienced life in the war-torn countries they came from 

Hanson’s rant led to widespread outrage on social media and Channel Nine announced within hours she would no longer be a regular contributor on the Today show.

‘The Today show has advised Pauline Hanson that she will no longer be appearing on our programme as a regular contributor,’ a Nine spokesperson said. 

‘We don’t shy away from diverse opinions and robust debate on the Today show. But this morning’s accusations from Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive. 

Pauline Hanson (left) has been banned from her regular appearance on the Today show after a shocking rant about residents in Melbourne's public housing towers on Monday that led host Allison Langdon to ask: 'Do you have a heart Pauline?'

Pauline Hanson (left) has been banned from her regular appearance on the Today show after a shocking rant about residents in Melbourne's public housing towers on Monday that led host Allison Langdon to ask: 'Do you have a heart Pauline?'

Pauline Hanson (left) has been banned from her regular appearance on the Today show after a shocking rant about residents in Melbourne’s public housing towers on Monday that led host Allison Langdon to ask: ‘Do you have a heart Pauline?’

Hanson labelled people living in nine public housing towers across Melbourne 'drug addicts and alcoholics' in her extraordinary statement on Monday

Hanson labelled people living in nine public housing towers across Melbourne 'drug addicts and alcoholics' in her extraordinary statement on Monday

Hanson labelled people living in nine public housing towers across Melbourne ‘drug addicts and alcoholics’ in her extraordinary statement on Monday

‘At a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians have to be united and supportive of one another. We need to get through this together.’ 

Hanson earlier hit back at the network in an interview with The Australian, saying its decision to axe her as a regular contributor is ‘detrimental’ to free speech. 

‘We’re getting to the point to where you can’t give your opinion. What Channel 9 has done is detrimental to freedom of speech,’ she said.

Some 3,000 public housing residents who have been subjected to a 'hard lockdown' by the Victorian government in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 inside the walls of the towers

Some 3,000 public housing residents who have been subjected to a 'hard lockdown' by the Victorian government in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 inside the walls of the towers

Some 3,000 public housing residents who have been subjected to a ‘hard lockdown’ by the Victorian government in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 inside the walls of the towers

‘Channel 9 is going down the wrong path here. People in Queensland are very concerned about COVID. I’ve been speaking about people coming here and not learning the English language for years … they don’t know what to do.  

‘I really don’t care if I don’t go on Channel 9. I have Facebook followers and speak to people in the street and I go on numerous Sky programs. It’s no skin off my nose.’ 

Hanson claimed the network was sending a clear message to all Australians that those who ‘step outside the boundaries’ will be ‘silenced’.

Hanson said refugees who fled war-torn countries should be able to deal with being locked up. (Pictured: Angry tower residents place signs in their windows showing messages of despair amid total lockdown)

Hanson said refugees who fled war-torn countries should be able to deal with being locked up. (Pictured: Angry tower residents place signs in their windows showing messages of despair amid total lockdown)

Hanson said refugees who fled war-torn countries should be able to deal with being locked up. (Pictured: Angry tower residents place signs in their windows showing messages of despair amid total lockdown)

The senator then took to social media to double down on her remarks.

‘It’s being reported I made ‘a number of controversial comments’ this morning. I’ve gone back over the interview and I’m struggling to see what I said that was so controversial,’ she said. 

Nine’s news and current affairs director Darren Wick said in a statement that Hanson’s remarks were ‘ill-informed and divisive’.

‘The Today Show has advised Pauline Hanson that she will no longer be appearing on our program as a regular contributor,’ he said in a statement.

‘We don’t shy away from diverse opinions and robust debate on the Today Show.

‘But this morning’s accusations from Pauline Hanson were ill-informed and divisive.

‘At a time of uncertainty in this national and global health crisis, Australians have to be united and supportive of each other. We need to get through this together.’ 

Hanson argued other Australians have also been through a similar lockdown, and said it is no different to the housing commission quarantine

Hanson argued other Australians have also been through a similar lockdown, and said it is no different to the housing commission quarantine

Hanson argued other Australians have also been through a similar lockdown, and said it is no different to the housing commission quarantine

Hanson hit out at the 3,000 residents who have been subjected to a ‘hard lockdown’ by the Victorian government in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 inside the walls of the towers.

Many residents have complained at a lack of notice before the lockdown came into force and say they have not been supplied with food or essentials.

The nine public housing towers across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne are home to some of Victoria’s most vulnerable people, including refugees who fled to Australia from wartorn countries.

‘I saw them taking a truck load of food to them, all the rest of it –  if they are from war torn countries, which some of these people are, they know what it is like to be in tough conditions,’ she said.

More than 3000 tenants in nine buildings were unprepared for the surprise decision and many had been left without groceries

More than 3000 tenants in nine buildings were unprepared for the surprise decision and many had been left without groceries

More than 3000 tenants in nine buildings were unprepared for the surprise decision and many had been left without groceries 

‘Have a look at the facts before you criticise. The governments and all of these … interest groups and everyone will make sure they’re well looked after.’

Hanson rejected suggestions that health authorities and the government should be communicating with residents in their native languages.    

‘Why should we? Why should we put everything out in someone else’s language when you come to Australia,’ she said.

‘We should not be putting out literature in their own language. Learn to speak English when you come here to this country. That’s a big problem that we have in Australia.’ 

‘A lot of these people are from non-English speaking backgrounds, probably English is their second language who haven’t adhered to the rules of social distancing. They all used a lot of the same laundry,’ she said.

Following her rant, Hanson was asked by Langdon: ‘Do you have a heart Pauline?’ 

Hanson went on to say the no-warning lockdown was justified if residents were not practicing social distancing. 

Towers in the suburbs of Flemington (pictured), Kensington and North Melbourne will be closed for five days

Towers in the suburbs of Flemington (pictured), Kensington and North Melbourne will be closed for five days

Towers in the suburbs of Flemington (pictured), Kensington and North Melbourne will be closed for five days

Medical staff wearing PPE holding material about to walk into the Flemington Public housing flats

Medical staff wearing PPE holding material about to walk into the Flemington Public housing flats

Medical staff wearing PPE holding material about to walk into the Flemington Public housing flats

‘Why is it they are in that situation? Why has the government gone to this high-rise building and shut it down? Possibly because a lot of these people weren’t doing the right thing,’ she said.

‘There has to be a reason why they have targeted this set of blocks, apartment blocks. Ask that question.’  

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,449

New South Wales: 3,240

Victoria: 2,660

Queensland: 1,067

Western Australia: 618

South Australia: 443

Tasmania: 228

Australian Capital Territory: 108

Northern Territory: 30

TOTAL CASES: 8,394 

DEATHS: 106

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Hanson argued other Australians have also been through a similar lockdown, and said it is no different to the housing commission quarantine.

‘We’ve gone through months of people, the public being locked up. We’ve gone through months where people couldn’t go to the park, gyms, couldn’t go to the park, couldn’t go any where,’ she said. 

‘Australian people have been locked up in their homes for ages.

‘We really need to clean up the COVID-19. Make up your mind. You either want to clean up COVID-19 or you don’t. And you have to make the tough decisions if we are going to get this country back on track.’

The end of Hanson’s year-long role at the Today show comes after she parted ways with Seven News rival Sunrise over a clash with host David Koch about the Christchurch massacre. 

Premier Andrews locked the doors to nine housing towers from 4pm on Saturday amid fears the virus is spreading rapidly within their walls.

The ‘hard lockdown’ will force 3,000 people in towers across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne to stay inside – with armed police on every floor of every block ensuring they do not leave for any reason over the next five days.

Residents who refuse to be tested for coronavirus could be locked up for as long as 14 days; the same quarantine period as people arriving from overseas. 

‘We do have milk and bread, but if we are going to be in lockdown for 14 days, which is what we have been told, it is not going to last that long,’ Fleming tower resident Thana Sirag said. 

Ms Sirag said she just wants to be treated like other households dealing with the virus.

‘We are put under much more severe circumstances than everyone else, we are being treated like prisoners,’ Ms Sirag said.

Premier Andrews locked the doors to nine public housing towers from 4pm on Saturday amid fears the virus is spreading rapidly within their walls

Premier Andrews locked the doors to nine public housing towers from 4pm on Saturday amid fears the virus is spreading rapidly within their walls

Premier Andrews locked the doors to nine public housing towers from 4pm on Saturday amid fears the virus is spreading rapidly within their walls 

The 'hard lockdown' will see 3,000 people in towers across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne forced to stay inside Pictured: Police enforce a lockdown at public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington

The 'hard lockdown' will see 3,000 people in towers across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne forced to stay inside Pictured: Police enforce a lockdown at public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington

The ‘hard lockdown’ will see 3,000 people in towers across Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourne forced to stay inside Pictured: Police enforce a lockdown at public housing towers on Racecourse Road in Flemington

Victoria has for weeks been grappling with an outbreak of coronavirus across various Melbourne hotspots.

The state racked up another 74 new cases on Sunday, bringing its confirmed infections total to 2536.

Some 12 Victorian postcodes have been put into stage three lockdown until at least July 29 in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

Two of those areas, covering North Melbourne, Hotham Hill, Kensington and Flemington in the city’s inner northwest are home to the nine public housing towers.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the hard lockdown was about the safety of residents as well as the entire state.

‘This is not about punishment, this is about protection for you and your loved ones,’ he said.

‘And then, by extension, it’s about protecting the entire state and we don’t make those decisions lightly.’

Which suburbs are in lockdown? 

 3012 – Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray

3021 – Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans

3032 – Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore

3038 – Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens

3042 – Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie

3046 – Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park

3047 – Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana

3055 – Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West

3060 – Fawkner

3064 – Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo  

FROM 11.59 ON SATURDAY JULY 4:

3031 – Flemington, Kensington

3051 – North Melbourne

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YouTube star Jake Paul’s LA home raided by FBI after big party

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Heavily-armed FBI agents have descended on Jake Paul’s Los Angeles home after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant.

At least 20 federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived at the $6.9million Calabasas property early Wednesday morning to carry out a raid, TMZ reported. 

Video footage taken at the scene showed a number of FBI units riding in on a procession of military vehicles including an armored truck, on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street. 

Several U.S. government marked cars were also spotted in the vicinity during the mystery operation.

It is unknown what authorities were searching for or if the YouTube personality was at the property at the time of the raid. 

Sources told the LA Times a SWAT team was deployed to gain entry into the viral star’s house. 

Agents were reported to have searched the 15,000 square-foot home for about an hour and half, but details on what was seized from the property were not released. 

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Jake Paul's Calabasas home was searched by FBI agents early Wednesday morning. Above, two agents clad in tactical gear are seen at the gates of the mansion during the operation

Jake Paul's Calabasas home was searched by FBI agents early Wednesday morning. Above, two agents clad in tactical gear are seen at the gates of the mansion during the operation

Jake Paul’s Calabasas home was searched by FBI agents early Wednesday morning. Above, two agents clad in tactical gear are seen at the gates of the mansion during the operation

Several federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant

Several federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant

Several federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant 

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military trucks were seen on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street during the mystery operation

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military trucks were seen on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street during the mystery operation

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military trucks were seen on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street during the mystery operation

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving Paul's property

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving Paul's property

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving Paul’s property

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house 

Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos

Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos

 Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos 

Authorities said they did not plan to make any arrests in Wednesday’s raid, but refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. 

‘The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation,’ the bureau told ABC7. 

‘The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation.’  

DailyMail.com has contacted Paul’s reps for comment.  

Paul, 23, who rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube, has been embroiled in a number of controversies in recent years, as well as run-ins with the law.

In June, Paul was charged with two misdemeanors – criminal trespass and unlawful assembly – after video footage surfaced of him at an Arizona mall while it was being looted.

Police offered an official statement to the public saying they were sent ‘hundreds of tips’ claiming Paul was ‘a participant in the riot.’

Paul later tried to distance himself from the situation in a statement saying he was in no way involved in any looting or vandalism. 

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday's search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday's search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday’s search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units 

Paul was nowhere to be seen during the FBI raid on Wednesday

Paul was nowhere to be seen during the FBI raid on Wednesday

Paul was nowhere to be seen during the FBI raid on Wednesday

Several military vehicles were seen departing the mansion following the mystery operation

Several military vehicles were seen departing the mansion following the mystery operation

Several military vehicles were seen departing the mansion following the mystery operation 

Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

Paul moved into the neighborhood in 2017 after his previous home in Beverly Grove had become the subject of noise complaints

Paul moved into the neighborhood in 2017 after his previous home in Beverly Grove had become the subject of noise complaints

 Paul moved into the neighborhood in 2017 after his previous home in Beverly Grove had become the subject of noise complaints

The influencer also drew backlash last month for blatantly flouting social distancing guidelines as COVID-19 cases spiked in California, by throwing a massive party at the mansion.  

Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub expressed ‘outrage’ over the ‘outrageous gathering’ in which dozens of people without masks drank and danced.  

Paul later indicated to Insider last week that he would continue to do what he wants.

Videos emerged on social media shortly after the party, where revelers showed no concern for social distancing or wearing protective masks. 

People were seen drinking, playing beer pong, and swinging off a construction backhoe at the gathering. 

Revelers were both indoors and outdoors, crowded closely together without a mask in sight. 

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14 

A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

Several videos of the festivities were uploaded to social media

Several videos of the festivities were uploaded to social media

Party time! A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub was left outraged after learning of the party and says she’s looking into ‘all options’ for penalties for Paul. 

Paul told Insider that he spoke to the mayor and ‘everything is cool,’ though he didn’t elaborate on what she said.

The mayor, meanwhile, said she didn’t speak to Paul at all, and only a representative for the the YouTuber. She said that possible fines would be issues in the future and the sheriff’s department would intervene. 

But Paul didn’t say that would put an end to his wild bashes, and insisted that it wasn’t clear to him how he should be behaving.

‘I don’t know what to think of it, to be honest. I don’t think anyone really does,’ he said. ‘No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn’t know what to do.

‘But I personally am not the type of person who’s gonna sit around and not live my life,’ he added.

Paul’s July 16 party was thrown in spite of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desperate plea for people to be wary of the virus. 

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YouTube star Jake Paul’s LA home is raided by the FBI

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Heavily-armed FBI agents have descended on Jake Paul’s Los Angeles home after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant.

At least 20 federal agents dressed in tactical gear arrived at the $6.9million Calabasas property early Wednesday morning to carry out a raid, TMZ reported. 

Video footage taken at the scene shows a number of FBI units riding in on armored trucks during the mystery operation on the 23500 block of Parksouth Street. Several U.S. government marked cars were also spotted in the vicinity. 

It is unknown what authorities were searching for or if the YouTube personality was at the property at the time of the raid.  

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FBI agents dressed in tactical gear descended on Jake Paul's Calabasas home early Wednesday in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant

FBI agents dressed in tactical gear descended on Jake Paul's Calabasas home early Wednesday in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant

FBI agents dressed in tactical gear descended on Jake Paul’s Calabasas home early Wednesday in armored vehicles after serving the YouTube star with a search warrant 

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military vehicles were seen during the operation at Paul's $6.9million mansion

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military vehicles were seen during the operation at Paul's $6.9million mansion

At least 20 federal agents hanging off military vehicles were seen during the operation at Paul’s $6.9million mansion 

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving the home

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving the home

The FBI refused to comment on the nature of the search since the warrant has been sealed by a judge. Pictured: FBI units cling on to government vehicles while leaving the home

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house

The raid was reported to have lasted an hour and half. It is unknown what was seized from the house 

Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos

Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos

 Jake Paul, 23, rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube where he uploads reckless and adventurous videos 

Authorities told local news station ABC7 they did not plan to make any arrests but refused to comment on the nature of the search warrant because it has been sealed by a judge. 

FBI agents were reported to have searched the home for about an hour and half.  

‘The affidavit in support of the search warrant is sealed and we are, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation,’ the bureau said. 

Paul, 23, who rose to fame alongside his brother Logan Paul, 25, on now defunct-video app Vine before transitioning to YouTube, has been embroiled a number of controversies over the years. 

Most recently, the star drew backlash last month for blatantly flouting social distancing guidelines as COVID-19 cases spiked in California, by throwing a massive party at the mansion.  

Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub expressed ‘outrage’ over the ‘outrageous gathering’ in which dozens of people without masks drank and danced.  

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday's search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units in armored trucks

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday's search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units in armored trucks

The FBI said no arrests were planned in Wednesday’s search but it is unclear as to why the operation required heavily armed units in armored trucks 

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Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

Paul purchased the 15,000 square-ft mansion in Calabasas for a hefty $6.925million when he was 20 years old in 2017

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Paul later indicated to Insider last week that he would continue to do what he wants.

Videos emerged on social media shortly after the party, where revelers showed no concern for social distancing or wearing protective masks. 

People were seen drinking, playing beer pong, and swinging off a construction backhoe at the gathering. 

Revelers were both indoors and outdoors, crowded closely together without a mask in sight. 

Calabasas mayor Alicia Weintraub was left outraged after learning of the party and says she’s looking into ‘all options’ for penalties for Paul. 

Paul told Insider that he spoke to the mayor and ‘everything is cool,’ though he didn’t elaborate on what she said.

The mayor, meanwhile, said she didn’t speak to Paul at all, and only a representative for the the YouTuber. She said that possible fines would be issues in the future and the sheriff’s department would intervene. 

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14

What pandemic? The 23-year-old faced backlash after throwing a wild party at his Calabasas mansion on July 14 

A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

Several videos of the festivities were uploaded to social media

Several videos of the festivities were uploaded to social media

Party time! A man who appears to be Paul is seen in this video where a crowd of people surround a table filled with red solo cups and drinks

But Paul didn’t say that would put an end to his wild bashes, and insisted that it wasn’t clear to him how he should be behaving.

‘I don’t know what to think of it, to be honest. I don’t think anyone really does,’ he said. ‘No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn’t know what to do.

‘But I personally am not the type of person who’s gonna sit around and not live my life,’ he added.

Paul’s July 16 party was thrown in spite of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desperate plea for people to be wary of the virus. 

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Australian Omair Jheir (pictured) was lucky to survive the blast only 500 metres from his home

Australian Omair Jheir (pictured) was lucky to survive the blast only 500 metres from his home

Australian Omair Jheir (pictured) was lucky to survive the blast only 500 metres from his home

A newlywed Australian couple living just 500 metres from the Beirut port that exploded with the force of a small nuclear bomb have given harrowing accounts of their fight for survival. 

Omair Jheir, from Sydney, was relaxing at his apartment in the Lebanese capital when more than 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate – the main ingredient in fertiliser bombs – detonated.

‘The sheer magnitude of it was more powerful than anything I have ever experienced. I was thrown against the wall, bruising my ribs, and my house just collapsed around us,’ Mr Jheir told The Daily Telegraph. 

The 41-year-old – who owns a hotel, restaurant and coffee shop close to the port – frantically tried to find medical help as he walked over dead bodies and watched buildings collapse around him.   

‘My friends, my neighbours, my customers, they were just ripped apart. There was blood gushing out of their faces. There were people on the floor dead. It was devastating,’ he said.

‘I was not wearing shoes and there was glass everywhere. My feet were cut to ribbons as I walked down the street.’ 

Mr Jheir created a makeshift bandage out of sheets to protect his feet before he and a friend went in search of a hospital. 

Newlyweds Omair Jheir and Hala Okeil had their lives torn apart after the explosion ripped through the city of Beirut on Wednesday morning AEST

Newlyweds Omair Jheir and Hala Okeil had their lives torn apart after the explosion ripped through the city of Beirut on Wednesday morning AEST

Newlyweds Omair Jheir and Hala Okeil had their lives torn apart after the explosion ripped through the city of Beirut on Wednesday morning AEST

Red and orange clouds of smoke billow into the sky from the massive explosion that has left at least 100 people dead

Red and orange clouds of smoke billow into the sky from the massive explosion that has left at least 100 people dead

Red and orange clouds of smoke billow into the sky from the massive explosion that has left at least 100 people dead 

But the nearest medical centre was flattened – and the next three were already overwhelmed by patients. 

He was finally able to get help after presenting to a fifth hospital, then drove two hours north where he was admitted to a hospital in Tripoli.

Mr Jheir suffered serious abrasions to his face and body, as well as a broken arm.  

His three businesses on Gemmayze Street were completely destroyed. 

His yoga instructor wife Hala Okeili was lucky to avoid the worst of the blast.

‘I was reaching home when [the port exploded]. I was lucky to be two minutes away,’ Ms Okeili said.  

The couple's apartment was completely destroyed when the blast ripped through the city on Wednesday morning AEST

The couple's apartment was completely destroyed when the blast ripped through the city on Wednesday morning AEST

The couple’s apartment was completely destroyed when the blast ripped through the city on Wednesday morning AEST

Shattered glass and overturned furniture littered the floor of the couple's Beirut home following the disaster

Shattered glass and overturned furniture littered the floor of the couple's Beirut home following the disaster

 Shattered glass and overturned furniture littered the floor of the couple’s Beirut home following the disaster

The couple lost everything including their hotel, coffee shop, restaurant and yoga studio

The couple lost everything including their hotel, coffee shop, restaurant and yoga studio

The couple lost everything including their hotel, coffee shop, restaurant and yoga studio

‘In five minutes, I lost my home and everything in it, I almost lost my husband. Thank God he survived the… massive destruction,’ she wrote.

‘The yoga studio is extremely damaged, my cat who means the world to me is missing.

‘The entire street we live in is down to ashes… many have died… Our lives as we know it are gone. What more is left!?’

The Australian hotel owner's new wife Hala Okeili managed to escape the worst of the blast

The Australian hotel owner's new wife Hala Okeili managed to escape the worst of the blast

The Australian hotel owner’s new wife Hala Okeili managed to escape the worst of the blast

The pair had only returned to Lebanon a month ago after a dream wedding in Sydney

The pair had only returned to Lebanon a month ago after a dream wedding in Sydney

The pair had only returned to Lebanon a month ago after a dream wedding in Sydney

In an tearful video online she added: ‘Thank God we’re alive. Thank God my husband is alive. Thank God the helper that works with us is alive.

‘Our house is gone. The studio destroyed. But we’re alive.

‘It’s really tough times, so thank you for all your solidarity.

‘God be with those who lost their lives. God be with their parents.’ 

The pair had only returned to Lebanon a month ago after a dream wedding in Sydney.

Photos from the day show the happy couple smiling as they shared the moment with friends in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

'Thank god we're alive. Thank god my husband is alive. Thank god the helper that works with us is alive,' she wept

'Thank god we're alive. Thank god my husband is alive. Thank god the helper that works with us is alive,' she wept

‘Thank god we’re alive. Thank god my husband is alive. Thank god the helper that works with us is alive,’ she wept

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A drone captures the devastation wrought by the explosion, including a watery crater (bottom left) where the warehouse containing the explosive chemicals previously stood

A man reacts at the scene of an explosion at the port in Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4

A man reacts at the scene of an explosion at the port in Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4

A man reacts at the scene of an explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on August 4

At least one Australian was killed in the explosion which claimed 100 lives and injured 4000 more. The death toll is expected to rise.   

The blast at a warehouse district at the port, where 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored, near the centre of Beirut rocked the city early on Wednesday AEST.

Reports suggest the chemical, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures and may have been set off by welding work.

Witnesses reported windows being shattered and buildings damaged 10km from the blast area.

Shattered buildings litter the skyline in the seaport of Beirut after the tragic blast

Shattered buildings litter the skyline in the seaport of Beirut after the tragic blast

Shattered buildings litter the skyline in the seaport of Beirut after the tragic blast 

People run in the aftermath of a massive explosion

People run in the aftermath of a massive explosion

People run in the aftermath of a massive explosion

An injured man waits for help at the explosion scene that hit the seaport

An injured man waits for help at the explosion scene that hit the seaport

An injured man waits for help at the explosion scene that hit the seaport

Cars and buildings were torn apart during the blast

Cars and buildings were torn apart during the blast

Cars and buildings were torn apart during the blast

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Australian embassy in the Lebanese capital had been ‘significantly impacted’ but staff escaped without major injuries.

‘It’s my deep regret to inform you that one Australian has been killed in this horrific blast,’ he told Nine Network.

Mr Morrison said there were usually about 20,000 Australians in the Lebanese capital but he was unsure how many had returned to Australia because of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Our hearts really go out to our Lebanese Australian community,’ the prime minister said.

‘I know there will be many prayers in the churches and the mosques in Australia but given the COVID restrictions, I would just urge the appropriate response.’

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the embassy had considerable damage from the blast.

Army soldiers evacuate injured people

Army soldiers evacuate injured people

Army soldiers evacuate injured people

An injured worker walks at the explosion scene that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon

An injured worker walks at the explosion scene that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon

An injured worker walks at the explosion scene that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon

‘About 95 per cent of the windows and front of the chancery of the embassy have been blown out,’ she told ABC radio.

‘Staff have been affected by a number of glass injuries. Fortunately, they are relatively minor and they have all been treated.’

She announced on Wednesday evening that In response to the disaster Australia would direct $2 million in humanitarian support to Lebanon to help with the recovery.

The funding will consist of $1 million each to trusted aid partners, the World Food Program and the Red Cross movement, to help ensure food, medical care and essential items were provided to those affected by the tragedy.

‘Australia and Lebanon have a strong relationship built on extensive community ties, with more than 230,000 Australians having Lebanese heritage. This tragedy will affect many people in both countries,’ Ms Payne said.

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Fires were still burning at the destroyed port on Wednesday morning as the full extent of the devastation – in a country that was already in the midst of an economic crisis – was laid bare

Wounded people are treated at a hospital following the explosion, which has left hundreds of casualties in Beirut last night

Wounded people are treated at a hospital following the explosion, which has left hundreds of casualties in Beirut last night

Wounded people are treated at a hospital following the explosion, which has left hundreds of casualties in Beirut last night

A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion that struck the port in Beirut yesterday and has caused devastation in the capital

A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion that struck the port in Beirut yesterday and has caused devastation in the capital

A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion that struck the port in Beirut yesterday and has caused devastation in the capital

‘Tragically, one Australian has been confirmed killed. We send our sincere condolences to family members and friends.’

Labor leader Anthony Albanese expressed his profound sympathy for those impacted.

Human Rights Watch researcher Aya Majzoub, who lives 4km from the scene of the explosion, described it as a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’.

‘Entire neighbourhoods have been reduced to rubble. People’s cars have been crushed under the weight of the rubble.

‘People are still trapped in their homes or under buildings that have collapsed.’

She said hospitals were overwhelmed, had to treat patients in parking lots and were running out of medical supplies.

A destroyed silo is seen amid the rubble and debris following yesterday's blast at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut

A destroyed silo is seen amid the rubble and debris following yesterday's blast at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut

A destroyed silo is seen amid the rubble and debris following yesterday’s blast at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut

Young Lebanese women wearing protective masks and gloves stand amid the rubble in Beirut's Gimmayzeh commercial district which was heavily damaged after the explosion tore through Lebanon's capital

Young Lebanese women wearing protective masks and gloves stand amid the rubble in Beirut's Gimmayzeh commercial district which was heavily damaged after the explosion tore through Lebanon's capital

Young Lebanese women wearing protective masks and gloves stand amid the rubble in Beirut’s Gimmayzeh commercial district which was heavily damaged after the explosion tore through Lebanon’s capital

An injured man covered in blood is seen in Beirut following the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday

An injured man covered in blood is seen in Beirut following the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday

An injured man covered in blood is seen in Beirut following the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday

The Lebanese Muslim Association said there was a dire need for international assistance.

‘Today is a test of our humanity,’ association president Samier Dandan said.

‘We call on all people of goodwill to stand together in solidarity.’

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the embassy was making urgent inquiries of local authorities to establish the full extent of the impact of the incident on Australians.

It said all Australian embassy staff had been accounted for.

Australians who need consular assistance after the Beirut explosion can call (+61) 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia) or 1300 555 135 (inside Australia).

Dramatic footage shows smoke billowing from the port area shortly before an enormous fireball explodes into the sky and blankets the city in a thick mushroom cloud

Dramatic footage shows smoke billowing from the port area shortly before an enormous fireball explodes into the sky and blankets the city in a thick mushroom cloud

Dramatic footage on social media shows people screaming as an enormous blast rocks the waterside area of Lebanon's capital city

Dramatic footage on social media shows people screaming as an enormous blast rocks the waterside area of Lebanon's capital city

Dramatic footage shows smoke billowing from the port area shortly before an enormous fireball explodes into the sky and blankets the city in a thick mushroom cloud

It lay waste to the immediate surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still battling flames this evening, and even wreaked havoc on districts miles away from the blast site

It lay waste to the immediate surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still battling flames this evening, and even wreaked havoc on districts miles away from the blast site

It lay waste to the immediate surrounding buildings, where firefighters were still battling flames this evening, and even wreaked havoc on districts miles away from the blast site

Ammonium nitrate – the terrorist’s bomb ingredient 

Ammonium nitrate – identified as the cause of the deadly explosion in Beirut – is an odourless crystalline substance used as a fertilizer that has been behind many industrial explosions and terrorist attacks over the decades. 

Two tonnes of it was used to create the bomb in the 1995 Oklahoma City attack that destroyed a federal building, leaving 168 people dead, and it has been widely used by the Taliban in improvised devices.

Experts say a fire in Beirut started after a spark from a welder likely ignited the highly reactive chemical, causing a blast the equivalent to three million kilotons of TNT, killing at least 100 people and leaving thousands more injured.

There were 2,750 tonnes of the hazardous chemical held in the warehouse at the time of the explosion – which measured as the equivalent of a 3.5 earthquake. 

Death and injury from the explosion would have come in a number of phases, according to Dr David Caldicott from the Australian National University. 

‘Primary injuries are blast-related, as a consequence of the overpressure wave interacting with the hollow space in victims; lung injuries are often survived, but subsequently fatal, and bowel injuries are common.

‘Secondary injuries are caused by flying debris; effectively environmental shrapnel.

‘Tertiary injuries are as a consequence of being thrown by the blast, and quaternary injuries by other features such as inhalation.’ 

When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used in the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups to create bombs.

As well as the Oklahoma City bomb in the US, it has been used in a number of IRA attacks on the UK. 

These include the Bishopsgate attack in April 1993 that left 40 injured and a 40ft wide crater, and a 3,300lb bomb in Manchester in June 1996 that left 2000 injured but no deaths due to a phone warning an hour before the blast. 

In agriculture, ammonium nitrate fertiliser is applied in granule form and quickly dissolves under moisture, allowing nitrogen to be released into the soil.

However, under normal storage conditions and without very high heat, it is difficult to ignite ammonium nitrate, Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island, said.

‘If you look at the video (of the Beirut explosion), you saw the black smoke, you saw the red smoke – that was an incomplete reaction,’ she said.

‘I am assuming that there was a small explosion that instigated the reaction of the ammonium nitrate – whether that small explosion was an accident or something on purpose I haven’t heard yet.’

That’s because ammonium nitrate is an oxidiser – it intensifies combustion and allows other substances to ignite more readily, but is not itself very combustible.

For these reasons, there are generally very strict rules about where it can be stored: for example, it must be kept away from fuels and sources of heat.

In fact, many countries in the European Union require that calcium carbonate to be added to ammonium nitrate to create calcium ammonium nitrate, which is safer.

In the United States, regulations were tightened significantly after the Oklahoma City attack, with inspections required if more than 2,000lbs of it are stored in one place.  

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