Hezbollah warns Israel: We have list of IDF targets for future war

07/11/2010 20:10
Militant group responds to Israeli release of maps and aerial photographs of what it described as a network of Hezbollah weapons depots and command centers in south Lebanon.

By The Associated Press Tags: Hezbollah Israel news

A senior Hezbollah official warned Sunday that the Lebanon-based guerilla group has a list of military targets inside Israel that they could attack in any future war.

Hezbollah commander in south Lebanon, Sheik Nabil Kaouk, made his comments Sunday in response to this week's release by Israel's military of maps and previously classified aerial photographs of what it described as a network of Hezbollah weapons depots and command centers in south Lebanon.

In a briefing to journalists last week, Israel Defense Forces Colonel Ronen Marley presented the detailed maps and 3-D simulations to show what he said was a unit of 90 Hezbollah militants operating in the village of Al-Hiyam, where they were storing weapons close to hospitals and schools.

Kaouk told the state news agency on Sunday that the Israeli leaders were trying to restore their confidence by presenting a list of targets in southern Lebanon after the Israeli public opinion lost faith in the army.

The official noted that the Israeli announcement was made on the four-year anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, in which Hezbollah battled Israel to a stalemate.

Some 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis were killed during that conflict, which started after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack. Israel launched a massive air, sea and ground campaign immediately after the abduction, while Hezbollah fired around 4,000 rockets into Israel.

The war ended with a United Nations resolution that imposed a blockade on weapons destined for Hezbollah and banned the group from operating near the Israeli border

Hezbollah declared on Saturday that that Israel was preparing "something" in Lebanon and that the organization has been on high alert since Israel released the images.

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