The Lebanese Shi’a movement Hezbollah announced the launch of it’s latest videogame, “Holy Defence”, during a press conference held on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The First-Person-Shooter enables the player to defend holy Shi’a sites in Syria and Lebanon from the “takfiri invasion” (ISIS troops). The developers claim the scenery and events are historically correct, and correspond to important battles fought during the Syrian civil war, which has been ongoing since 2011. The Hezbollah, mainly funded by Iran, as been supporting Bachar el-Assad’s troops against its numerous, including ISIS. The game seeks to counter US soft power, promoted by the famous Call of Duty or Battlefield franchises, and celebrate the hundreds of Lebanese Hezbollah soldiers who died in Syria.

I attended the press conference, held in a luxurious resort in a Hezbollah-controlled suburb of southern Beirut, as a photographer for the Middle-East-Eye and L’Orient – Le Jour.

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