The IDF tweeted aerial photos of the purported Iranian-supported rocket production facility in a post captioned: “a picture worth a thousand missiles.”
By World Israel News Staff and AP
On Tuesday evening, the Israeli military posted to twitter images of a Hezbollah compound it says the terror group is using to pursue Iran’s campaign to wipe out the Jewish state.
“We can now reveal that inside this Hezbollah facility is Iranian-supplied machinery used to manufacture precision guided missiles with an accuracy of less than 10 meters,” tweeted the IDF.
The facility appears to be located near Nabi Chit, Lebanon, less than 100 kilometers from the Israeli border.
The IDF added, “Iran is trying to turn its proxy Hezbollah into the first terror group in the world with precision guided missiles. We won’t let them.”
Iran is trying to turn its proxy Hezbollah into the first terror group in the world with precision guided missiles.
We won’t let them. pic.twitter.com/0DIS7hkawd
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) September 3, 2019
The IDF explained on Tuesday that “in fear of strikes” by Israel, Hezbollah moved key equipment from the site to “civilian locations in Beirut.”
The Israeli military also noted that the factory was of “superior importance” to Hezbollah. An official, speaking anonymously under military rules, said the factory is operational but missing major components.
The announcement came days after Israel and Hezbollah traded fire for the first time in years, following statements by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah that Israel would be forced to “pay the price” for a series of drone strikes in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, several of which targeted terrorists and infrastructure from his group.
On Sunday, Hezbollah fired two anti-tank missiles into Israeli territory, striking military targets, but causing no injuries or casualties. Israel responded with counter-strike on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a month-long war in 2006, after which the terror group has consistently flouted the United Nations-imposed terms under which the conflict ended.
Israel recently revealed that Hezbollah and Iran are pursuing a missile-production facilities in Lebanon.
While Nasrallah has denied these claims, Hezbollah and Iran maintain they have over 150,000 missiles pointed at the Jewish state, whose destruction both entities are committed to pursuing.
On Monday, Israel’s Channel 12 News broadcast a report quoting an IDF source who claimed Israel was prepared to launch a massive strike on Hezbollah’s precision missile program in Lebanon.
“The fact that Nasrallah [failed to] kill any Israelis saved Hezbollah from the destruction of its precision missile program,” said the source quoted by Channel 12. “The planes were already in the air.”