Hizbullah Supporters On Twitter Threaten To Attack Any Western Military Forces That Go To Lebanon To Assist In The Aftermath Of The Explosion At The Port Of Beirut

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August 18, 2020

Following the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, in which more than 170 people were killed and thousands were injured, several European countries, including France, announced that they would send naval forces to assist in clearing the rubble and would provide humanitarian aid.[1] In addition, when he visited Lebanon on August 15, 2020, Assistant Secretary of State David Hill announced that the U.S. would send aid, as well as an FBI team which would participate in the investigation into the cause of the explosion.[2]

Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah hastened to clarify that he has no confidence at all in an investigation which includes representatives of the FBI or any other international body because, he claims, they would disrupt the investigation if it emerged that Israel is behind the explosion.[3]

Several Hizbullah supporters on Twitter expressed strong opposition to the arrival in Lebanon of Western military forces or investigative teams, and even threatened to attack such delegations.

On August 14, 2020, a Hizbullah supporter named Hanade Karakalla published a 42-second video clip on her Twitter account which includes photographs of aircraft carriers bearing helicopters and maritime vessels. These images are followed by footage of Hizbullah missiles inscribed with a fragment of a verse from the Quran, which reads, "They are an army to be drowned" (Quran 44:24). Hanade also posted the following quote from the Quran: "Wait until Allah executes His command" (Quran 9:24).[4]

Twitter user Jawadai7amili whose account name is "Axis of Resistance," posted a photograph of the injured being evacuated from the bases of the Multi-National Forces in Lebanon, in Beirut in 1983, with the words "To Remind You Mr. Hill" emblazoned across the top. Above the picture he writes: "To remind you Mr. Hill, we will view every foreign military force that sets foot on our land without the permission of the resistance as an occupying force that must be fought with every available means."[5]

Another user posted the identical photograph and wrote: "So that they don't forget: 1983. On October 23, 1983, two truck bombs were detonated in buildings belonging to the American and French forces in Beirut, killing 299 American and French soldiers."[6]

 

[1] Navalnews.com, August 10, 2020.

[2] Lb.usembassy.gov, August 15, 2020.

[3] Alahednews.com.lb, August 15, 2020.

[4] Twitter.com/HanadeKarakall1, August 14, 2020.

[5] Twitter.com/HanadeKarakall1, August 16, 2020.

[6] Twitter.com/NihayaAjami6, August 16, 2020.

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