On Telegram, Media Outlets Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq, Lebanon Threaten Israel: The Flood Of Rocket Is Coming

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May 12, 2021

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On May 12, 2021, Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Lebanon continued to disseminate content commending the attacks carried out by Hamas's military wing against Israel and threatening further rocket attacks targeting Israeli cities, in response to airstrikes on Gaza.

Sons of Hizbullah,[1] a Telegram channel affiliated with the Lebanese Hizbullah, published a post highlighting a reaction in the Israeli press to the Palestinian rocket attacks. It quoted an Israeli newspaper as saying that "Israeli intelligence has downplayed Hamas' capability of targeting central Palestine [i.e., Israel] and Tel Aviv." According to the post, the Israeli newspaper further warned that Hamas has only tenth of Hizbullah's capabilities.

The channel also posted photos showing demonstrations in Kuwait and in the Iranian city of Ahwaz in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

Al-Sayd Hassan Nasrallah, a pro-Hizbullah Telegram channel, published posts claiming that the resistance factions are preparing for new attacks tonight.[2] It said: "A long night awaits the Zionist enemy. The resistance [factions] have made the right preparations." It further claimed that yesterday's attacks were carried out in response to the "lies" of Israeli Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi, who, said the post, "claimed that the rocket reserves of Hamas' and the Islamic Jihad were destroyed." The post went on to day that the attack planned for tonight is intended as a response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "statement saying that the military commander leading the battle has been eliminated, in reference to the martyrdom of Abu Emad." The channel concluded by warning that "the flood is coming, wait for it [;] we are also waiting."

A Telegram channel called The Iranian Military Capabilities, which is affiliated with the IRGC and often posts in Arabic, published a post citing "a senior officer in Al-Quds Brigades" as saying: "We say to Netanyahu, and to his defeated army commanders, that the resistance factions have designed their plans and equipped themselves to wage battle for several months. The martyrdom of any commander of the resistance factions will not end the battle. On the contrary, it will increase zeal."

 

The same channel also published a series of posts claiming that Lebanese Hizbullah has ordered mosques to make Takbir calls at 9:30 PM, in support of the Palestinian people. The channel claimed that local media reported that such calls will be made in mosques in Iraq and Iran.

Kaf, a Telegram channel affiliated with Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq, published a graphic showing a fighter standing before the group's flag and saluting fighters from Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, as they carry a rocket. The text on the graphic read: "We support our brothers in Palestine with everything that we possess. Iraq's mujahedeen are looking forward to the day of the great battle."[3]

Sabreen News, a Telegram channel which appears to be affiliated with Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq in Iraq, published a graphic with a photo of a bonfire with a caption in Arabic and Hebrew. The Hebrew text is a rough translation of phrase frequently used by Sabreen News and similar channels to indicate an attack is planned: "My teacher told me... I am aware of my own thought." The text in Arabic reads "beyond Tel Aviv." This appears to suggest that an attack is planned targeting Israeli locations "beyond Tel Aviv."[4]

 

[1]Telegram, Hizballah, May 12, 2021.

[2] Telegram, Nasr313alah, May 12, 2021.

[3] Telegram, Centerkaf, May 11, 2021.

[4] Telegram, Sabreen News, May 12, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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