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Lebanon expels Iranian journalist published a report defends Israel

Monday 21/May/2018 - 02:38 PM
Sada El Balad
Lebanese newspaper “Al-Akhbar” reported on Monday that the General Security Directorate in Lebanan  expelled Iranian journalist، Mehrdad Farhodand، due to a report defending Israel after a trip to Tel Aviv.

The Lebanese newspaper revealed that the Iranian journalist was living in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. He worked in Beirut as a correspondent for the Persian service in the BBC for 12 years.

The Lebanese security decision came in response to a video posted by the Iranian journalist on Facebook on Saturday. During the video he held a meeting with head of the Arab media department in the unit of Israel Armed forces spokesman Avishay Adrai.

Farhodand translated  an administrative message into Persianto the Iranians that the Israeli defense forces has no bad will against Iranian people. He said that Israel invites Iranians to visit Israel.

Lebanese Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf said on Sunday that his country was prepared to defend itself if Israel launched strikes on its territory.

The comments came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had shot down an Iranian drone in its airspace، and would “act if necessary” against Iran and its proxies، including the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

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