Hariri on Wissam al-Hassan Assassination Anniversary: His Murderers Will Pay Dearly

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
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Hariri on Wissam al-Hassan Assassination Anniversary: His Murderers Will Pay Dearly

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at a ceremony unveiling a street bearing the name of late ISF Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. (Dalati & Nohra)

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stated on Monday that late Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated because those plotting against him feared him and could not stop his work.

He vowed on the fifth anniversary of his assassination that the murderers “will pay dearly” for their crime.

He made his declaration during a ceremony in downtown Beirut to mark the occasion and which saw the naming of a street in the area in Hassan’s name.

Hariri said that he will take it upon himself, the state, ISF and all security forces to make sure that Hassan’s assassins are brought to justice.

Addressing those who are doubtful that justice will take its course, he stressed: “Justice is coming … Hassan’s blood runs in this institution and this country and we must find his killers and bring them to trial.”

In addition, he said that the ISF is an institution that should always be supported because it works directly for the citizens.

He also highlighted the role of the Intelligence Bureau, saying that it has made achievements in combating espionage and terrorism.

Hassan was killed in a car bombing that targeted his convoy as it was passing Beirut’s Ashrafieh district on October 19, 2012. His driver Ahmed Sahyoun and a number of civilians were also killed in the blast.

In an another ceremony marking his death, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq assured that the ISF was doing well despite “the doubters”.

“It is doing well because its members and family belong to this state and they do not waver in performing their duties regardless of the circumstances,” he continued.



WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
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WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that many people in Gaza were facing "catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions".

"A significant proportion of Gaza's population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"Despite reports of increased delivery of food, there is currently no evidence that those who need it most are receiving sufficient quantity and quality of food."

Tedros said there were more than 8,000 children under five years old who have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition, including 1,600 children with severe acute malnutrition.

"However, due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for severely malnourished patients can operate," he added.

"Our inability to provide health services safely, combined with the lack of clean water and sanitation, significantly increases the risk of malnourished children."

The war in Gaza began on Oct. 7 when fighters led by Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis and took more than 250 hostage, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's response has caused the deaths of more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gazan health ministry, displaced most of Gaza's population of 2.3 million and caused widespread hunger and destruction.

A UN inquiry on Wednesday found that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes early in the Gaza war, and that Israel's actions also constituted crimes against humanity because of the immense civilian losses.

Tedros also highlighted a separate health crisis in the West Bank, where he said healthcare had been targeted by nearly 500 attacks since Oct. 7.

"While the world's focus has been on Gaza, there is also an escalating health crisis in the West Bank, where attacks on healthcare and restrictions on movement of people are obstructing access to health services," he said.

"In most areas of the West Bank, clinics are only operating two days a week and hospitals are operating at about 70% capacity."