Many residents of Beirut’s southern suburb, known as “Dahieh,” received an anonymous message on WhatsApp warning them of a nearby missile site of Hezbollah, the news outlet al-Modon reported on October 3.
“Important message, near your home, a Hezbollah site has been established,” read the message, which was accompanied by a satellite image showing a site in the center of the neighborhood of Hadath .
The Lebanese news outlet claimed that the messages were sent by the Israeli military and intelligence. However, no proof was presented and Israel has not commented on the matter so far.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Hezbollah had placed three precision missile sites near the Beirut airport. Prior to that, Netanyahu vowed that Israel will carry out military operations in Syria, Lebanon and other countries in order to maintain its security.
Some local observers believe that Israel is preparing the public opinion for a near strike against Hezbollah in Lebanon. The delivery of the Russian S-300 long-range air defense systems to Syria may have been behind Israel’s decision to pressure Hezbollah in its heartland, where there are no real threats to the Israeli Air Force (IAF).