Iran-backed Hezbollah unveiled a statue of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US air strike in Iraq, in the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras, a video circulating on social media showed.
Members and supporters of the Hezbollah militia were seen celebrating the unveiling of the large statue of Soleimani, who was a top general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The statue shows Soleimani with his arm stretched out in front of him, pointing toward Israel, which is overlooked by the southern Lebanese town.
In a related development, posters of Soleimani were seen in Italy on the 40th day after his killing.
A pro-Assad group, known as Fronte Europeo per la Siria, said last Wednesday that they had put up the posters as part of a campaign to honor Soleimani, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.
But Soleimani was also the subject of ridicule on social media.
The poster shows Soleimani reading in heaven as three men with wings dressed in white stand next to him. A rainbow is also seen in the background.
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