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Lebanon: Hezbollah shows anti-ship missiles used against Israel


Lebanon: Hezbollah shows anti-ship missiles used against Israel

Beirut (AFP)

The Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement broadcast images of what it claims to be anti-ship missiles of the kind used in the war against Israel in 2006, as it marks the 13th anniversary of the end of the 34-year-old conflict on Friday. days.

Israel and its sworn enemy, Hezbollah, backed by Iran, have clashed several times, the last time in 2006, a war that resulted in the death of 1,200 Lebanese, the majority of them civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of the soldiers.

For many Israelis, this war was lost, Hezbollah was not defeated and since then, Israeli officials warn that the Shiite movement has an arsenal of several hundred long-range missiles that can reach Israel.

On Thursday, Hezbollah media released several videos showing, according to the movement, that at least five anti-ship missiles are stored in metal containers in an unidentified place.

The Hezbollah logo is visible on the missile heads. The date of shooting of these videos has not been indicated.

Hezbollah commander Hezbollah's "Naval Forces", identified as Haj Jalal, told Hezbollah channel Al-Manar on Thursday that the anti-ship missiles were the same type used in a 2006 attack on an Israeli ship , the Hanit INS.

This ship was hit off Beirut in July 2006, an attack that killed four soldiers and damaged the corvette.

It was the first direct attack on an Israeli warship for decades, and Hezbollah celebrated it as one of its greatest victories in the war.

According to an Israeli army investigation, the navy had not thought about the possibility that Hezbollah could have sophisticated missiles capable of hitting the corvette.

The movement also aired videos of what it presents as the 2006 attack, which it says shows men in Hezbollah uniform tracking the Israeli ship using radar and a truck-mounted launcher. two anti-ship missiles.

In a televised speech on Friday to mark the anniversary of the "victory" celebrated at Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon's border with Israel, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nassrallah said the 2006 war had helped his movement develop " a military system to defend our villages and cities ".

"If (Israel) enters southern Lebanon, you will see a live video of the destruction of Israeli forces," he threatened.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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