Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows guided missile sites in Beirut during his address of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, Sept 27, 2018. (RICHARD DREW / AP)
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Lebanon's Hezbollah of "lying" to the international community about its holding secret missiles.
"Hezbollah is blatantly lying to the international community," Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office.
It lied by using "a false propaganda tour held by the Lebanese foreign minister," he said, referring to a tour of 73 foreign envoys and journalists organized by Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Monday.
Lebanese soldiers guard as Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, center, tours a site next to a soccer club, with diplomats and journalists, one of several locations they visited near Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct 1, 2018. (HASSAN AMMAR / AP)
Bassil "took ambassadors to the football field, but refrained from taking them to the underground missile production plant that is right next to it," the hawkish Israeli leader noted.
Lebanon's Foreign Ministry convened foreign envoys to disprove Netanyahu's accusations during his address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday that Lebanon holds missile sites near Beirut's airport.
Soccer fans watch Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, as he tours a soccer club, with diplomats and journalists, one of several locations they visited near Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct 1, 2018. (HASSAN AMMAR / AP)
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Local media reported that Bassil rejected the allegations, saying Israel was seeking to "justify another aggression" with false accusations of missile facilities belonging to Hezbollah.
The last full-fledged war between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah took place in 2006.
Diplomats and journalists visit a site near a soccer club on a tour organized by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry to several locations near Beirut's international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct 1, 2018. (HASSAN AMMAR / AP)
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