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Israeli nuclear facility appears blown up on defaced Jerusalem Post website

Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper says its website has been hacked, with a photo of a model Dimona nuclear facility appearing to be blown up on the homepage. (Illustrative photo)

Israel’s Jerusalem Post newspaper has announced that its website had been hacked, with a photo of a model Dimona nuclear facility appearing to be blown up on the homepage.

The illustration showed a bullet-shaped object shooting out of a red ring worn on a finger.

The text “we are close to you where you do not think about it” also appeared in English and Hebrew in the illustration.

The Jerusalem Post initially announced via Twitter that its website had been hacked and that it was working to resolve the issue.

“We are aware of the apparent hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat of Israel. We are working to resolve the issue & thank readers for your patience and understanding,” an English-language daily tweeted on Monday morning.

After the website was restored, the Post pointed out that the attack occurred on the anniversary of Iran’s top anti-terror General Qassem Soleimani, claiming its website was “targeted by pro-Iranian hackers.”

On January 3, 2020, the US military conducted an air operation under former US president Donald Trump’s order to assassinate General Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport after his arrival in Iraq. The attack also killed the General’s companions, including Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Back in May 2021, it was reported that Israel provided the US with key intelligence support, including tracking General Soleimani’s cellphone.

“In Tel Aviv, US Joint Special Operations Command liaisons worked with their Israeli counterparts to help track Soleimani’s cellphone patterns,” Yahoo News reported on May 8. “The Israelis, who had access to Soleimani’s numbers, passed them off to the Americans, who traced Soleimani and his current phone to Baghdad.”

Last month, major general Tamir Hayman, former head of the Israeli military intelligence, confirmed that the Israeli regime was involved in the assassination.

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