Hizbollah is quietly re-arming
AN explosion in Lebanon, 10km north of the Israeli border, is further proof of Hizbollah’s efforts to rearm its forces, despite UN Resolution 1701 specifically forbidding this.
A local Hizbollah leader, his son and three other civilians were killed in the explosion in a village east of Tyre on Monday evening. Lebanese sources tried to claim that the explosion occurred during an attempt to defuse an old Israeli bomb, but aerial reconnaissance footage released by the IDF shows Hizbollah removing a missile from the building, proving Israeli claims that the explosion occurred in a secret Hizbollah weapons store.
UN Resolution 1701 mandated that the Lebanese Army take responsibility for security in south Lebanon and that UNIFIL watch that Hizbollah does not rebuild its military capability in the south.
According to a senior IDF officer, “UNIFIL has improved its operations and is giving Hizbollah a hard time but it still can’t conduct searches in the 160 Shia villages in the south where Hizbollah has a free rein.”
While most of Hizbollah’s missiles were wiped out during the Second Lebanon War, Syria and Iran have resupplied it with tens of thousands of rockets. Israel believes Iran is interested in maintaining Hizbollah’s ability to launch missile strikes on Israel in case Israel launches a military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations.
This is the second such explosion in three months. Together with the capture of a German ship this week, carrying weapons from Iran to Syria and Hizbollah, it is proof of an ongoing intelligence and military battle between Israel and other western countries, and Iran and its allies Syria, Hizbollah and Hamas.
Both organisations are stationing missiles aimed at Israeli towns within built-up civilian areas in preparation for a possible attack on Israel at Iran’s orders.
According to a senior intelligence source, Iran was angry that both Hamas and Hizbollah allowed themselves to be drawn into fighting with Israel during Operation Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War in a way which exposed their plans and gave Israel a pretext to destroy their weapon caches.
Iranian officers have since tightened their control, especially on Hizbollah, and it is expected that any future attacks will only take place on their orders.
A Lebanese soldier secures the house in which a Hizbollah leader was killed, following an explosion