During an interview with MTV Host Marcel Ghanem, the brother of one of the many Beirut blast victims went on record to recount multiple threats he has received from the Iran-backed group Hezbollah to scare him into silence.
William Noun spoke out about his encounter with members of the Hezbollah group, who threatened him “not to bring up Hezbollah during the interview with Marcel,” days before the scheduled TV program.
William wasn’t surprised by the threat since, according to him, it was not the first time he is met with an ultimatum from the militant group.
Due to his vocalness that Hezbollah is behind the death of his brother, William explained that he used to get multiple calls from Hezbollah members telling him not to speak out about the group or else they’ll make him regret it.
During the interview, William was explicit with his accusations towards Hezbollah, referring to it as the culprit behind the catastrophic explosion.
“Hezbollah owns the port. It’s public knowledge that the group controls it and uses their power to rig it in their favor,” he said and also accused the militant group of keeping its weapons in the port.
“As long as Hezbollah exists, there won’t be a government, and more people will die the way my brother did,” he warned.
Ever since the port exploded, taking along with it a major part of the capital, the general consensus has been that the dangerous substance in the port could only have belonged to the militant group, the only group allowed by the state to have its own arsenal and army independent from the state.
The given reason – or excuse – is that the state needs the group to protect its border against Israel, although Lebanon possesses a fully operational army, well-capable of defending the country.