On the flight information boards at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport, anonymous hackers displayed messages that condemned the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah and warned that the Lebanese people would not back a war against Israel.
This statement was a reaction to the terrorist leader’s address on January 3, in which he backed the Sunni terrorist group Hamas and threatened a “no boundaries” war against Israel.
On October 7, Hamas had already begun its terror campaign against Israel. That day, terrorists from Hamas entered the nation and went on an infanticide spree that left 1,200 dead, 250 captives, and thousands homeless. They also tortured, abducted, and went on a murdering frenzy. Several regional jihadist organizations, including Hezbollah’s Iranian backers, hailed the terror siege by Hamas as a justifiable “resistance” against the presence of Jews in the Middle East.
Additionally, the hackers voiced their desire for the airport and Lebanon to be “liberated” from Hezbollah’s control. The statement said that the 2020 explosion in Beirut, which destroyed a large portion of the port and forced thousands of people to flee their homes, was orchestrated by Hezbollah. The Arabic-language statement shown on the displays was translated by the Emirati publication The National, which means the government “statelet” de facto controlled by Hezbollah. The country’s prime minister and president have been in a state of extreme instability since Hezbollah’s enormous political power took over in October 2022.
The 2020 Beirut bombing that destroyed vast blocks of the city and forced the displacement of almost 80,000 children seems to have been orchestrated by Hezbollah, as the allusion to the port suggests. First, reports indicated that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a very explosive chemical that had been kept in a hazardous manner at the port for many years, was the explosive agent responsible for the blast.