Several pro-Iranian media outlets and journalists have been sharing a photo showing the funeral caskets of US Marines killed in Beirut in 1983 alongside hashtags calling for revenge and a repeat of the attack.
Pro-Hezbollah newspaper al-Akhbar ran a special focus page marking the assassination of Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani on Friday – on its website with the main photo showing the destruction of a building during the 1983 attack in Beirut and a header titled the “Great War of Liberation.”
“Because there is no leader in America that reaches Soleimani’s ‘shoes’, the Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, in his memorial address about the martyrs of the American raid, announced that they would pay a price for their its presence in the region. In the name of the resistance axis, its soldiers and officers deployed in the countries of the region are assured to return to their country in coffins,” al-Akhbar’s lede editorial read.
“This is not revenge, he said, but rather the just punishment that will make the liberation of Jerusalem a stone’s throw away,” the editorial added.
Calls to attack US civilians
The pro-Hezbollah newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief also wrote an article calling for action not only against US military personnel, but on American civilians as well.
“Every American presence in our countries is a presence of occupation which must be swept away, even if it is in the form of advisors, professionals, diplomats and human rights activists, expertise developers, financiers, and managers of civilian suffering associations,” Ibrahim al-Amin wrote.
Iran is accused of providing material support to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia militant group which carried out a truck bomb attack in 1983 at a US Marine compound in Beirut that killed 241 American service members.
Another photo has been making the rounds on social media by pro-Iranian journalists – including al-Manar journalist Israa Alfass – showing a photo of the coffins carrying the slain American servicemen arriving back to the US and another showing what appears to be the moment the truck bomb attack took place in Beirut in 1983.
“What you saw in 1983, you will see double of it in 2020,” a message reads under the photos.