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Quote:Israel says Hezbollah has 10,000 long-range, 20,000 short-range rockets


UNITED NATIONS — Israel has said Hezbollah is rearming and has an arsenal that includes 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range rockets in southern Lebanon, said a report from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban's report to the Security Council did not confirm Israel's claim. But the UN chief reiterated his concern about Hezbollah's public statements and persistent reports pointing to breaches of a UN arms embargo, which bans weapons transfers to the militant Islamic group.

Ban also expressed concern at "the threats of open war against Israel" by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Nasrallah has accused Israel of trying to start a new war by assassinating a top Hezbollah commander and warned it would be a battle the Jewish state would lose. Israel has denied involvement in the Feb. 12 car bombing in Syria that killed Imad Mughniyeh.

The secretary general's report focused on implementation of the UN ceasefire resolution that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in August 2006. The resolution reiterates a call for the disarming of all militias and bans arms transfers to them.

"Reports of Hezbollah rearming are a cause of great concern, posing serious challenges to the sovereignty, stability and independence of Lebanon," Ban said.

He told the council he continues to believe the disarmament of Hezbollah and other militias must be part of a Lebanese-led political process that would fully restore the government's authority throughout the country. He expressed regret "that the persistent deterioration of the political climate and the prolonged deadlock" over the election of a new Lebanese president have made it impossible to deal with the disarmament issue.

In his last report to the council in late October, Ban alleged Hezbollah had rearmed with new long-range rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv and tripled its arsenal of C-802 land-to-sea missiles since the 2006 war. He also drew attention to alleged breaches of the arms embargo and the transfer of sophisticated weapons from Iran and Syria - both strong backers of Hezbollah - across the Lebanon-Syria border.

Syria disputed the claim countering the allegations of weapons smuggling are motivated by political, rather than security considerations, Ban said, but Hezbollah's leaders have acknowledged on several occasions their military capacity had been replenished since the war with Israel.

"I, therefore, remain concerned that this border remains vulnerable to such breaches, which would represent serious violations of the resolution and constitute a significant threat to the stability and security of Lebanon," he said.

After the 2006 war, a beefed-up UN force was stationed in southern Lebanon, partially to keep Hezbollah from smuggling weapons into the area.

In Monday's report, Ban said, Israel maintains Hezbollah "is significantly rebuilding its military presence" inside the UN's area of operations. But he said UN and Lebanese forces have found no evidence so far of new infrastructure.

"In addition to information provided in previous reports, the government of Israel states Hezbollah's arsenal includes some 10,000 long-range rockets, in addition to some 20,000 short-range rockets," the secretary general said.

He said Hezbollah denies transferring weapons to the area where the UN force is deployed - a move that would violate the 2006 resolution.

Before the war, Israel estimates Hezbollah had 13,000 rockets deployed. During the war, Hezbollah bombarded Israel with nearly 4,000 rockets. The rockets struck as far south as Hadera, 50 kilometres north of Tel Aviv.

Since the war, Nasrallah has boasted his group possesses an arsenal of rockets that can reach all of Israel, including the main metropolis Tel Aviv. Shortly after the war, he said the guerrillas had 33,000 rockets.

In the report, Ban also expressed concern Israeli air violations continue unabated "without any regard for the levels of tension and anger that these actions trigger on the ground."

After the 2006 war, a beefed-up U.N. force was stationed in south Lebanon, south of the Litani River, partially to keep Hezbollah from smuggling weapons into the area.
Surely they should be North of the Litani if they want to stop Hezbollah getting restocked by the Iranians?
What can you expect from the UN? They are not only worthless, but Totally Worthless.
John L Wrote:What can you expect from the UN? They are not only worthless, but Totally Worthless.

Not sure about that! If it gets Ahmadinejad riled up that a supposedly 'objective' institution finds his actions ammoral then it has some purpose! Wink1

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/961190.html
mcabromb Wrote:Surely they should be North of the Litani if they want to stop Hezbollah getting restocked by the Iranians?
Note that not the article claimed that, but our resident brain Warbicycle. Full of wit, as usual, but a lie. The UN stationed troops at the South of Lebanon as buffer between Israel and Hisbollah. Somewhere else, and a lot of cannon boats on the sea to curb smuggling. John knows that, but he's agenda-driven. :lol:
Then how did Hezbollah manage to rearm itself.
WarBicycle Wrote:Then how did Hezbollah manage to rearm itself.
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Hezbollah is considered a terror organization in the West and by UN, but not so by many of our Middle East friends.

The Palestinians have for a quite long time now been frustrated about their situation and that favors extremist organizations like Hezbollah.
WarBicycle Wrote:Then how did Hezbollah manage to rearm itself.
By smuggling? What makes you think Israel as a militarist regime is not interested in further contests with the Hezbollah? The last one was a carefully calculated draw which calls for another chapter. And I wonder whether U.S. defense contractors would not embrace more business? You might not be thinking along the right lines. Wink1
quadrat Wrote:
WarBicycle Wrote:Then how did Hezbollah manage to rearm itself.
By smuggling? Wink1

Under the watchful eyes of the incompetent UN.