Google Play's trending game - created by Hezbollah

The game was downloaded by over ten thousand users, and received positive reviews.

January 27, 2019 17:34
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Google Play's trending game - created by Hezbollah

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed group Kataib Hezbollah wave the party's flags as they walk along a street painted in the colours of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Baghdad. (photo credit: THAIER AL-SUDANI/REUTERS)


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Terror organizations worldwide use different media platforms to further spread their ideology. Sometimes, institutional bodies such as Facebook, Google and Apple manage to prevent that, but according to a report published by Forbes magazine, Hezbollah managed to upload a mobile game to Google's Play Store.

According to Forbes, a developer said the mobile game also has a PC version.

The game looks like any other First Person Shooter game, and the game's setting happens near Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, located near Damascus. According to Muslim tradition, the mosque contains the grave of Zaynab, Muhammad's granddaughter. The player is tasked with defending the site from radical Muslim groups accusing the believers of heresy.

The game was downloaded by over 10,000 users, and received positive reviews. Players who experienced the game reported that the game conveys the feeling of fighting ISIS members.

"The game is an electronic book documenting the feeling of fighting off radical Muslim groups," one of the game developers revealed to Forbes. Under the same developer, who asked to remained anonymous, there is another game called "The Coming Morning," designated for any age group, in which players takes the form of children tasked with bombing Israeli tanks and soldiers.

Google is an American company, and Hezbollah is considered a terror organization by the government of the United States. According to Google, this is the first time Hezbollah managed to upload a game to their platform. Following the report published, both games were removed from Google's Play Store.

Translated from Maariv by Alon Einhorn.

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