Jan 19, 2022

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The Fides News Agency called Hezbollah fighters armed with both machine guns and rocket launchers attempting to intimidate Christians in Lebanon “Shiite demonstrators.”

The Fides News Agency is the news wing of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith (POPF), whose headquarters is in the Vatican.

According to the report, Fides called a gang of Hezbollah gunmen who went into the Christian neighborhood of Tayyouneh-Ain al Remmaneh in Beirut — and roughed up several Christians — “Shiite demonstrators.” The news site used this label in a piece that highlighted Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï’s efforts, to ease tensions in Lebanon.

The Fides omitted two vital facts when summarizing the incident. Firstly, the protesters it speaks of were in fact heavily armed gunmen from the Hezbollah terror group. Secondly, the terrorists went into the Christian neighborhood as part of a larger effort to quash the investigation into the infamous 2020 Beirut explosion that killed over 200 people, while leaving an additional 7,000 injured.

Fides reported that Rai was promoting a compromise to “overcome the crisis after the tragic events of Thursday, October 14th, when seven Shiite demonstrators in Beirut were killed by snipers on the rooftops of the Christian neighborhood of Tayyouneh-Ain al Remmaneh.”

In October, Israel365 News reported That six people were killed and sixty injured in a vicious street war that took place on the streets of Beirut. The cause of the melee was when Hezbollah terrorists attempted to remove the judge investigating the devastating 2020 explosion in the port of Amal. Gun battles between the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah terrorists sent downtown Beirut into a chaotic frenzy.