Israel Responsible for anti-Hezbollah Propaganda Phone Hack, Lebanon Says

'Sophisticated technology' used to send audio messages to some 10,000 people saying that Hezbollah chief Nasrallah was behind the death of one of the group's top military commanders

Women carry pictures of Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an attack in Syria, in a ceremony marking a year after his death in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon May 11, 2017.
Women carry pictures of Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an attack in Syria, in a ceremony marking a year after his death in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon May 11, 2017. AZIZ TAHER/REUTERS

The Lebanese government is blaming Israel for a recent hacking in which audio messages were sent to people in Lebanon claiming Hezbollah's leader was behind the death of the group's top military commander.

A statement issued by the Telecommunications Ministry on Friday says that "sophisticated technology" was used to breach Lebanon's telecommunications network, making it appear as if the messages were coming from inside Lebanon.

The audio messages were sent to about 10,000 people, the ministry said.

The messages were sent during a speech by Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday, marking a year since military commander Mustafa Badreddine died in Syria.

Hezbollah said it is in contact with the ministry to find out how the breach happened.

Israel has said it believes Badreddine was killed by rivals.