Bassil leads a delegation of foreign ambassadors on a visit to Israeli-alleged Hezbollah weapons sites in Ouzai, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Monday told Beirut-based diplomats that Israeli fabrications over Hezbollah missile sites near the capital's airport were a prelude to an attack on Lebanon. Bassil was speaking before taking dozens of foreign ambassadors and diplomats on a tour of a football stadium alleged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a site for Hezbollah precision missiles. The tour was aimed at rebutting any claims of precision-missile sites in the area. In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly last Thursday, Netanyahu claimed there were three precision missile sites near Beirut's airport: one near the waterfront in Ouzai, one adjacent to the airport and one at the Ahed Stadium.Despite telling foreign ambassadors and the press that they would be taken to all three sites, the three-hour tour, which was characterized by disorganization, only went to the Ahed Stadium.At the complex, The Daily Star asked Russia's envoy to Lebanon if he believed Netanyahu's claims to be true.The Daily Star asked Bassil to open the premises, a request he obliged.The Daily Star then asked Bassil what assurances the international community had that there were no other missile sites, precision or not, in the area.
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