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Video of Crowded Beirut Airport is Unrelated to Recent Israeli Strikes

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
News
25th June 2024
Video of Crowded Beirut Airport is Unrelated to Recent Israeli Strikes
The video is from the Lebanese airport but is unrelated to Israeli threats (X)

The Claim

Pandemonium at the airport of the Lebanese capital All tickets have been sold, people are leaving Beirut en masse, fearing that Israel will invade Lebanon,writes sources close Israel and west MSM. UPD -They are crowded because of tourist arrangements, Beirut and Lebanon are full of tourists at this time of year. This is only and real true.

Emerging story

Amid increasing threats between Hezbollah and Israel in the past few days, social media users have been circulating a video claiming to show many foreign nationals, including tourists, leaving Lebanon due to fears of a massive war with Israel.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

Misbar's team found that the video is old and dates back to September 2, 2023. At that time, the airport witnessed a large crowd at the departure gate as the summer holiday season came to an end.

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According to sources, most travelers at the airport are expatriates leaving Lebanon after spending the summer vacation.

Hezbollah Leader Issues Warning Amid Rising Tensions With Israel, U.N. Urges Restraint

Reports indicate that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivered a strong caution to Israel on Thursday following news of Israeli military approval for an offensive in southern Lebanon. At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the critical need to prevent an escalation of the conflict in the Middle East. 

Guterres expressed heightened apprehension over the escalating verbal confrontations and lethal border clashes between Israel's military and Hezbollah militants. U.N. peacekeepers are actively engaged in de-escalating the situation and averting any potential misjudgments, particularly as both sides have escalated their rhetoric and indicated the possibility of a full-blown conflict. 

In response to Hezbollah's attacks with rockets and drones following the onset of the Gaza war last October, Israel has unleashed deadly air strikes and heavy artillery fire, resulting in numerous casualties and the displacement of tens of thousands along the border. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant have previously vowed to "transform Beirut into Gaza," and in the latest development, Hezbollah's leader Nasrallah issued a stern warning of unrestricted retaliation should Israel launch a significant assault on Lebanon.

Risk Of Israel's Iron Dome Being Overwhelmed by Hezbollah, Warn U.S. Officials

U.S. officials have cautioned that Israel's Iron Dome defense system may face a risk of being inundated by Hezbollah's missile attacks in the initial stages of a potential escalated conflict. Concerns are growing over the capability of militants in Lebanon to launch up to 3,000 missiles per day, with fears mounting that a conflict with Hezbollah could prove more perilous than the 2006 Lebanon war. 

Diplomatic efforts by the U.S. and France are underway to prevent a broader confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah, as escalating tensions and border skirmishes raise the specter of a full-scale war. 

Kuwait has advised its citizens against traveling to Lebanon, and the Biden administration has reportedly assured Israel of security assistance in the event of a wider conflict. António Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General, has called for restraint to avert potentially catastrophic outcomes for the region and beyond. 

In the years since 2006, Hezbollah has bolstered its weaponry, including acquiring suicide drones, anti-aircraft missiles, and a substantial missile arsenal estimated to range between 120,000 and 200,000, making it one of the most heavily armed non-state groups globally.

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