Hezbollah takes journalists on tour of alleged missile location to expose Netanyahu’s lies
The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has taken reporters and journalists from both local and international media outlets on a tour of a warehouse located in a Beirut neighborhood in order to expose Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outrageous lies in his UN speech that the group has stored missiles there.
Muhammad Afif, Hezbollah’s media officer, took tens of reporters and photojournalists on the tour so that they could visit the location in the Jnah neighborhood on Tuesday evening.
No traces whatsoever of missiles or their production were found at the facility. The journalists, including AP and AFP photographers, likewise confirmed that no missiles or weapons of any kind had been stored there.
“The tour was organized for members of the press to visit the site and to dismiss the Israeli prime minister’s allegations of a missile depot in Beirut,” Afif said to journalists.
He also said that, “The tour reveals that the site has nothing to do with storing weapons. It is an industrial facility belonging to a Lebanese man, and there are no missiles inside it.”
Afif emphasized that all accusations made by the Israeli regime against Hezbollah are definitely “false and fabricated,” further saying that “Netanyahu’s remarks are meant to provoke the Lebanese nation against Hezbollah and are part of a psychological war.”
Appearing in a video to speak to the United Nations General Assembly, pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic, Netanyahu made the claim that there was a missile depot in the Jnah neighborhood near a gas company.
“You’ve got to act now, you’ve got to protest this, because if this thing explodes, it’s another tragedy,” Netanyahu said, addressing the Lebanese people. “You should tell them, ‘Tear these depots down.’”
After the address, the Israeli military released detailed maps indicating the location of the alledged bomb storage building in Jnah and two other alleged missile depots it claimed were under residential apartment blocks.
Only a few hours later, however, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah refuted the claims and stated that Netanyahu was clearly lying about missile sites in Lebanon.
“A short while ago, the enemy’s prime minister spoke directly in an address to the United Nations, saying things in order to incite the Lebanese people against Hezbollah as usual,” Nasrallah commented.
He also said that Hezbollah is inviting journalists to the alleged location due to the importance of the situation in the aftermath of the deadly August 4 Beirut port explosion, which killed nearly 200 people, wounded thousands more and destroyed buildings in surrounding residential neighborhoods.
“Whoever wants to go can go now. If Hezbollah is storing missiles in this facility, then there is not enough time to remove them,” Nasrallah stated. “We don’t store missiles at the port or near gas facilities. We know where to store missiles.”
“We will allow media outlets to enter the facility so that the world knows that Netanyahu is lying,” he said.
While the journalists were touring the warehouse, Hezbollah supporters gathered outside the building, showing their support for the Hezbollah chief and shouting, “We are your rockets!”
At the same time, the owner of the facility, Muhammad Rammal, told the UAE-based The National that he was taken aback by Netanyahu’s strange claims.
“This is a normal place. We’re a normal part of this area,” Rammal remarked.
Tensions have been very high between Israel and Hezbollah since July 20, which is when Tel Aviv murdered Hezbollah member Ali Kamel Mohsen in an airstrike in Syria.
The Israeli regime military has placed its forces near the Lebanese and Syrian borders on high alert subsequent to Hezbollah promising retaliation.