On December 4th, a video and photographs were shared on Twitter, allegedly showing and attack in Tel’Aviv in which the Israeli Mossad commander Fahmi Hinawi was killed by unknown individuals.
MASSIVE BREAKING – Reports of the assassination of the Israeli Mossad commander Fahmi Hinawi, southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel by unknown persons pic.twitter.com/yktbXiN0I2
— Ninnyd 🇬🇧❤️🇺🇸 Waiting~4~the Revolution (@ninnyd101) December 4, 2020
Ultimately, Fahmi Hinawi is alive, the story and rumor about the death of the “Mossad agent” as a result of an assassination attempt, as it turned out, was originally spread by a journalist of the Iranian news agency Tasnim, after that the “sensation” was picked up by the Lebanese media.
In fact, the killed was an ordinary worker (not from Mossad) who became the victim of some sort of showdown.
Initially, the reports by Iranian media claimed the deceased is said to be a Mossad officer, shot in Tel Aviv after 15 bullets were fired at a car he was driving when he stopped at a red light.
The attackers reportedly quickly dispersed without a trace.
Several videos circulating in social media show a car stopped in the middle of the road and a heavy law enforcement presence. It is not possible, however, to clearly determine whether the video shows the exact moment of the alleged killing.
This is not confirmed, but reports are circulating of the assassination of the Israeli Mossad commander Fahmi Hinawi near Tel Aviv. pic.twitter.com/Z9olXfZxLM
— Arab News Today (@ArabNewsToday) December 5, 2020
scène, de l'assassinat d'un haut responsable du Mossad israélien, Fahmi Hinavi a Tel Aviv. pic.twitter.com/wrN4QFrNqD
— KLMD045 (@KLMD045) December 4, 2020
Reports on the alleged killing of Hinawi, along with social media user speculation suggesting an Iranian retaliation, come shortly after the leading Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated in a Tehran suburb last week, with Iran describing the killing as a “terror attack” and blaming Israel for the scientist’s murder.
An Iranian retaliation for the assassination of Fakhrizadeh is expected, tensions are at a breaking point in the Middle East, as a year from Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani’s assassination by the US is also nearing.
Diplomatic staff is being pulled from Iraq by the US, and there are reports of US President Donald Trump carrying out a “farewell strike” on Iran, and Tehran could potentially pre-empt it, or rather, respond to the killings.
This incident, however, is a killing of an individual of no specific affiliation, and the chance for it to be politically motivated is none.
Recently, Iranian-affiliated Hezbollah aired footage of Israeli bases in Upper Galilee, which were filmed by a drone.
— RanosH (@21ranaytm) December 4, 2020
According to al-Manar, the Hezbollah Air Force filmed it on the second day of the IDF’s “Lethal Arrow” large-scale drills, which were held in northern Israel.
This, and other Iranian claims for a day of reckoning for all of the attacks and assassinations by Israel and the US, are examples of the media victories that Iranian media attempts to perpetuate.
It is possible that Tehran even deems it suitable to utilize the almost exact copy of the AGM-41 Hellfire missile it recently unveiled.
Couple photos of Iranian Ghaem 114 air-to-ground guided missile. pic.twitter.com/7fO0mDmfUg
— Yuri Lyamin (@imp_navigator) December 1, 2020
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