Lebanese minister refutes claims of Hezbollah weapons at Beirut airport

AFP , Monday 24 Jun 2024

Lebanon's transport minister denied on Sunday that Hezbollah was storing weapons at Beirut airport, as fears grow of all-out war between the Lebanese resistance group and Israel.

File photo- A picture shows a view of Beirut International Airport, June 2024. AFP


Ali Hamieh called a press conference to deny the allegations of "absurd articles" in the media, and attacked the British daily The Telegraph.

The newspaper said Hezbollah is storing missiles and rockets at the airport, where "whistleblowers" had reported the arrival of "unusually big boxes".

"I am holding this press conference to clarify that everything that has been written in The Telegraph is false and to say that there are no weapons entering or leaving Beirut airport," Hamieh told journalists.

Hamieh invited ambassadors and journalists to inspect the airport on Monday morning in a visit "open to all"

The Lebanese air transport union condemned in a statement "simply erroneous statements and lies aimed at endangering Beirut airport and its employees, all civilians, and those who frequent it."

Israel falsely accused Hezbollah of keeping precision rockets and missiles in different installations throughout Lebanon, including on a site near Beirut airport.

Hezbollah denies this.


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