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Lebanon denies Israel claim that missiles are in civilian areas

November 6, 2018 at 11:28 am

President of Lebanon Michel Aoun accused Israel of “the systematic targeting of the remaining Christian presence in the Israeli-occupied territories in an effort to cleanse [the area] of everything that is non-Jewish”. [Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday Israeli claims of the presence of missiles in populated areas, describing the claims as “false” and saying the claims coincide with Israel’s continued violations of Lebanese sovereignty.

Fox News reported late last month that an Iranian airline had smuggled weapons to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut.

In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu presented photographs of what he claimed were “underground precision missile production facilities” belonging to Hezbollah. The sites, according to the Israeli prime minister, are located near Beirut’s airport.

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In response, the Lebanese foreign ministry hosted Western ambassadors at the site.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said that Israel was seeking to “justify another aggression” with false allegations of missile sites belonging to Iran-backed Hezbollah.