Eurovision viewers received terror bomb and missile warnings during semi-final

THE EUROVISION Song Contest semi-final was interrupted with warnings of an imminent terror attack on the host city Tel Aviv.

“Israel is NOT Safe. You Will See!”

Hackers

The fright was the result of hackers interrupting the website for Israeli broadcaster KAN on Tuesday evening, just as the competition’s first round was beginning.

The hackers planted a terrifying fake alert from Israel’s army claiming there was an impending attack.

“Risk of Missile Attack, Please Take Shelter” and “Israel is NOT Safe. You Will See!” appeared on the screen along with animated satellite footage of explosions in the city.

Kan, which is hosting the competition along with the European Broadcast Union, later said its website had been hacked into for several minutes.

“We believe the messages were not distributed to many people. The EBU and KAN view cybersecurity with utmost importance and the matter is being investigated,” the station said in a statement.

Kan also blamed the Hamas Islamist terror group for the interruption but the militant group has not commented on the hack.

“We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast,” KAN chief executive, Eldad Koblenz, told Israel’s Army Radio.

“But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon.”

Earlier this month, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said it had thwarted an “attempted Hamas cyber-offensive” against Israeli targets by bombing buildings in the Gaza strip.

Mu’min Meqdad, an editor of the Hamas-backed Al-Aqsa TV, claimed last week Hamas can stop the singing event altogether, according to a clip shared by Palestinian Media Watch.

He said: “I believe that [Hamas] can deprive [Israel] the pleasure of a number of the coming opportunities, such as the [Eurovision] Song Contest. There is still room to manoeuvre in the coming days.”

Speaking to the Israeli paper Haaretz after the recent rocket barrage, a Hamas source blasted: “Eurovision can’t happen in Tel Aviv when no relief is felt in Gaza.

“It can’t be that they will sing and enjoy while we suffer.”

The Gaza-based terror group PIJ, meanwhile, has vowed to “prevent the enemy from succeeding” in a reference to Eurovision helping to promote a positive image of Israel to the world.

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