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Israel launches heavy raids on southern Lebanon, while cyber attack strickens Beirut airport

The Israeli occupation on Monday carried out a series of raids against Lebanese Hezbollah sites, while a missile exploded in the Israeli Kiryat Shmona settlement.

A cyber attack also took place against the Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut – the Lebanese government said that the source of the breach was unknown.

Clashes continue to escalate between Lebanon and Israel, with the occupation army admitting that it attacked a series of targets belonging to Hezbollah.

In a statement, Israel explained that it bombed a military compound and a missile launching pad.

In addition, it took credit for an attack on the Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group’s infrastructure in the villages of Marwahin and Aita al-Shaab.

Lebanese media reported that Israeli forces bombed a car in the town of Khirbet Salam south of Lebanon.

Clashes also ocurred around the town of Aita al-Shaab in southern Lebanon, resulting in a mosque being damaged in the border town of Abbasiya.

An anti-tank missile exploded in the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Shmona without causing any casualties.

The head of the Executive Council of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hashem Safi al-Din, said on Saturday that “targeting the Israeli Meron Air Base is not the entire response to the assassination of Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, and there are additional responses.”


Unknown cyber attack

Hackers launched a cyber attack targeting the arrival and departure screens at the airport in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, according to the Lebanese National News Agency.

The pirates broadcast a message criticizing Hezbollah, urging it not to drag Lebanon into a war with Israel.

The message said that “it is not the airport of Hezbollah and Iran,” adding that, “Oh Hassan Nasrallah, you will not find a supporter if Lebanon is afflicted in a war for which you bear responsibility and consequence”.

“We will not fight on behalf of anyone,” the message stressed.

The hackers further accused Hezbollah of causing the Beirut port explosion in 2020, and endangering the airport “due to the introduction of weapons,” adding that, “Let the airport be freed from the grip of the state.”

The agency said, “The cyber attack on the departure and arrival screens at the airport led to the disruption of the baggage inspection system.”

The Lebanese Minister of Public Works, Ali Hamiyah, stated on Monday that the source of the cyber breach is still unknown. He stressed that security services are working to determine the type of the breach, the extent of the damage caused on the network, and its source.

Hamiya stressed that it is necessary for the airport to resume work as soon as possible, but assured that the damage has thus far only been limited to the Internet servers.

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