Israel’s main news site hacked on anniversary of Soleimani assassination

Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday that its website had been hacked, which it said posed an apparent threat to the country.

Instead of displaying a main news page, the website showed an illustration that seemed to recall Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on this day in 2020.

The illustration showed a bullet-shaped object emerging from a red ring worn on the finger, an apparent reference to a distinctive ring Soleimani wore.

The Jerusalem Post, an English-language daily, tweeted that it was working to resolve the issue.

“We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, as well as a direct threat (to) Israel,” he said.

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Its mobile app appeared unaffected and other major Israeli news sites were functioning normally.

Gathering in Baghdad for the anniversary

Chanting anti-American slogans, hundreds gathered in the Iraqi capital on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the death of a powerful Iranian general and a senior Iraqi militia leader in a US drone strike .

Crowds called for the expulsion of remaining US forces from Iraq during the protest commemorating the air strike at Baghdad airport. General Qassem Soleimani, who headed Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, known as the Popular Mobilization Unit, been killed.

“We won’t let you stay after today in the land of martyrs,” read some of the signs. American and Israeli flags were strewn on the ground, trampled by people.

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The killing of Soleimani and al-Mohandes at Baghdad airport brought Iran and the United States dangerously close to all-out conflict and sparked outrage in Iraq, leading parliament to pass a non-binding resolution days later calling for the expulsion of all foreign troops from Iraq. .

Reuters with additional input from GVS News Desk

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