Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group unveiled a statue on slain Iranian commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani in southern Lebanon on Saturday.
The statue, which some contend is actually a cardboard cutout, depicts the deceased Quds Force commander pointing towards Israel.
Hundreds looked on as the statue was unveiled in the town of Maroun al-Ras, cheering as a red cloth which covered it was pulled down. Footage of the ceremony was shown on Iranian state media, including by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
#Lebanon— #Hezbollah has unveiled today in Maroun al-Ras, which overlooks the Galilee, a statue of Hajj Qasem #Soleimani pointing his finger towards the south, implying storming #Israel.#Iran #Palestinepic.twitter.com/9KhN4HTUvg— Hezbollah Watch® (@HezbollahWatch) February 15, 2020
While some Lebanese celebrated the footage of the unveiling on social media, for others it was a stark reminder of Iran’s influence in the country through Hezbollah.
ranian involvement in the affairs of Middle Eastern states, including Lebanon and Iraq, have come under the spotlight, with many some calling for Tehran to end its alleged interference.