Through audio messages, the Saudi embassy in Beirut was subjected to threats threatening to target the embassy building and its employees with a terrorist act. Although the accused person is a Saudi national, the question about Hezbollah’s relationship to the incident remained present.. So why?
The incident sparked public opinion, and led to a split in opinions between those denouncing and supporting what was stated in the threats, which will later appear to belong to a Saudi opponent named Ali bin Hashem bin Salman Al-Hajji.
Meanwhile, it did not take long for question marks to be raised about the person behind the threat to the Saudi embassy, and even before the Lebanese authorities actually mobilized their efforts, Al-Hajji cut doubt with certainty through tweets on his Twitter page, during which he confirmed that he was the one who did so.
Al-Hajji is a Saudi opponent and is wanted by the Saudi authorities for terrorist crimes inside Saudi Arabia. He is currently residing in Lebanon and is active in the Saudi opposition.
This was confirmed by a security source to Agence France-Presse, that Haji has been residing in Lebanon for years and has participated in many conferences opposed to the Saudi regime, attended by senior Hezbollah officials, and is currently in Syria, according to the source.
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Hajji’s confession of threatening the Saudi embassy
Question marks Haji did not leave the room to think about, when he not only announced that he was behind the audio recording in which he threatened the Saudi embassy, and his strong opposition to the Saudi regime, but also deliberately published videos showing his participation in a conference of Saudi opponents in Beirut, in addition to his support for Hezbollah through a photo. In it, he stood on an out-of-service military vehicle with a party flag behind him, writing, “The picture has many meanings.. The problem is that you are a Saudi who is difficult to understand.”
Regarding the reasons for the threats, Hajji commented, “Many journalists are trying to communicate with me to find out the reason for the threat to the Saudi embassies in Lebanon and outside Lebanon. My answer is in the recording.
And the Saudi dissident said in his recording, “Anyone who touches a hair in my family, I swear by His Majesty, that no employee in the Saudi embassy will remain alive, and I will do a job that no one else has done before me, and I will exterminate every person in the embassy.”
After the recording was circulated on social media, the Saudi ambassador to Beirut, Walid Bukhari, tweeted, “Terrorism is the product of extremism, its roots and seeds begin with the frustrated mind.”
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Al-Haji was only to share the tweet commenting on it, “The terrorist, Mr. Ambassador, is the one who has been holding my five children hostage since 2018. The terrorist, Mr. Ambassador, is the one who sentenced Salma Al-Shehab to 34 years in prison and a 34-year travel ban. The terrorist, Mr. Ambassador, is the one who was sentenced The execution of children for their peaceful demonstrations in Qatif. Indeed, terrorism is the product of Saudi extremism.”
Haji had confirmed on his Twitter account on August 3, “Because of my opposition to the war in Yemen and my demand for the rights of Shiites in Saudi Arabia, my children have been placed under house arrest, all their services have been suspended and they are harassed,” adding that “the Saudi regime thinks that its actions You will deter me from my activities, no, by God, today I am stronger and more determined to seek to overthrow the Al Saud regime.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior and Municipalities in the caretaker government, Bassam Mawlawi, in his capacity as the head of the Internal Security Council, hastened to direct two books, the first to the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces – Information Division, requesting that the necessary investigations be conducted and work to arrest those who are proven to be involved and refer them to the judiciary, and to take measures necessary as quickly as possible.
As for the second book, Mawlawi directed it to the General Directorate of Public Security to deposit the schedule of entry and exit, whoever is proven to be involved, to and from Lebanon. What the Interior Minister did came out of his concern, as stated in a statement, “for Lebanon’s interest, security, security and good relations with sister countries, especially Saudi Arabia,” noting that “the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities has information that suggests that Ali bin Hashem bin Salman Al-Haji is of Saudi nationality.” He is the owner of the circulating audio recording and is wanted by the Saudi authorities for terrorist crimes.”
What is the relationship with Syria?
The Saudi dissident also indicated that the Lebanese Information Branch “affiliated with Saudi Arabia”, as he described it, tried to raid his apartment in Nabatiyeh and left after making sure that he was not there. He gets close to me.” Rather, he posted a picture in one of his tweets to confirm that he was in Syria.
In this context, MP Fouad Makhzoumi stressed that the information circulating about the targeting of the Saudi embassy in a terrorist act requires alerting the security services and immediate action to follow up the matter and ensure the accuracy and accuracy of the information in order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, especially that whoever threatens and threatens with a known name and identity, and the efforts of all security forces must be unified to arrest him.
Views were divided about the incident, as some saw the behavior of the Saudi dissident as an attempt to defend the fate of his family, which they believed had nothing to do with his activities, while others warned that the Lebanese authorities’ failure to take the necessary action against the accused and prosecuting him might cause a diplomatic crisis between the two sides.
It is noteworthy that the Gulf opponents choose the southern suburb of Beirut, which represents the stronghold of “Hezbollah”, as their place of residence. against Arab countries, and to prove that this party is nothing but a tool for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the region.”
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