Israel’s foreign ministry reacted to the verdict in the case of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination by saying Hezbollah had “taken hostage” the future of the Lebanese people.
“The ruling of the tribunal that investigated the murder of Prime Minister Hariri and which was made public today is unequivocal. The Hezbollah terrorist group and its personnel were involved in the murder and in obstructing the investigation,” an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
“Hezbollah has taken hostage the future of the Lebanese in the service of foreign interests. The countries of the world must take action against this terrorist group in order to assist Lebanon in liberating itself from this menace.
“Hezbollah’s military build-up, its efforts to set up a precision-guided missile arsenal, and its actions endanger the entire region.”
A UN-backed court on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member in the 2005 assassination.
Hezbollah denies any involvement in the bomb attack that also killed 21 other people. Fireworks were briefly heard in Hezbollah’s stronghold in Beirut’s southern suburbs after the verdict was announced.