Israel at UN: Hezbollah turning Lebanon into ‘terror stronghold’

Israel’s ambassador to the UN demanded the removal of Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon, noting the growing number of missiles in their possession and their placement near schools and homes.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon on Tuesday spoke during a special meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) marking the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Second Lebanon War between Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group.

During his speech, Danon presented an aerial photograph to the Security Council of the Lebanese village of Shaqra, which he said has been transformed into a “terrorist stronghold.”

“The village of Shaqra has been turned into a Hezbollah stronghold with one out of three buildings used for terror activities including rocket launchers and arms depots,” Danon said.  “Hezbollah has placed these positions next to schools and other public institutions putting innocent civilians in great danger. We demand the removal of Hezbollah terrorists from southern Lebanon.”

Danon pointed out that Hezbollah was in possession of roughly 7,000 rockets in 2006, and the Lebanese terror group now has more than 120,000 missiles aimed at Israeli cities, hidden under human shields in the towns they control.

Hezbollah has “more missiles below ground in Lebanon then the European NATO allies have above ground,” Danon said.

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Speaking in April, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, Israel’s deputy chief of staff, told foreign journalists that Hezbollah has developed capabilities that present “unprecedented” threats to Israel, but  issued a stern warning to the terror group thatany future attack by Hezbollah on Israel will unleash “devastating” damage on Lebanon.

By: and World Isarel News Staff