At the late hours of December 6, the residents of the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Kela received on their mobile phones voice messages from Israel telling them to “stay away from Hezbollah,” according to the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA).
The Israeli message, which was sent in Arabic, also called on the civilians to stay away from “Hezbollah’s suspicious tunnels” and threatened to destroy the entire town.
In response to this cyber attack, Lebanon’s Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, Gebran Bassil, instructed the country’s representative in the U.N., Amal Mudallali, to prepare a complaint on Israeli’s hacking of the Lebanese communication network and on its threats to the civilians in Kafr Kela.
“A new violation by Israel, which don’t care for the sanctity and privacy of the civilians and its direct threat to their lives, is added to its violations at sea, air and land,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in an official statement.
Two days ago, the Israeli military claimed that its engineer units had uncovered a tunnel of Hezbollah that starts in Kafr Kela and penetrates 40 meters into Israel near northern town of Metulla. The discovery was a part of the ongoing Operation Northern Shield, which was launched on December 3.
Israel’s threats to Kfar Kela’s residents come in line with an earlier statement of Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minister had told several foreign ambassadors that there is a “reasonable possibility” that the Israeli military may have to conduct operations inside Lebanon territory.