Israel has accused Hezbollah of building a precision-missile factory in Lebanon‘s Bekaa Valley, just days after a cross-border flare-up between the two foes.
In a statement accompanied by satellite images, the Israeli military said on Tuesday that Hezbollah, with Iranian assistance, had brought specialized equipment to a weapons factory near the village of al-Nabi Shaith, in the Bekaa Valley, with the intention to set up a production line for precision-guided missiles.
Israel accused Hezbollah on Tuesday of setting up a factory for precision-guided missiles in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, in a veiled warning of further possible Israeli counter-strikes. https://t.co/RlNeQqljiT
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The statement said:
“The IDF is exposing a facility belonging to Hezbollah … designed to convert and manufacture precision-guided missiles.”
There was no immediate response from Hezbollah, which has denied having precision-guided missile production sites in Lebanon. But it says it possesses such weapons, which could be used to home in on and knock out key Israeli infrastructure.
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Israel’s announcement came just days after the Iran-backed group said its fighters had fired anti-tank missiles into Israel, destroying a military vehicle and killing or wounding those inside.
Israel’s military said it had responded with approximately 100 artillery shells after Hezbollah targeted a battalion headquarters and military ambulance, hitting both.
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Israeli officials said there were no casualties on its side.
It was the first time in years that the two enemies have exchanged fire.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006. Israel considers the group its most immediate threat.
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