Lebanon army: 7 missiles ready to be fired at Israel found in south Lebanon
Missiles discovered in area considered a Hezbollah stronghold, five kilometers from border with Israel.
Lebanese authorities discovered seven missiles aimed at Israel in southern Lebanon, an official Lebanese news agency reported Thursday. The missiles are currently under inspection to determine whether they were enabled for launch, and they will subsequently be dismantled, the news agency reported.
The missiles were found five kilometers from Lebanon's border with Israel, in an area which is considered a Hezbollah stronghold but is officially under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1701. Under the terms of the UN resolution, it is forbidden to station weapons in this area.
Two senior officers said that the rockets' timers were activated, and one of the officers said the rockets were to have been fired overnight Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of military rules.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has previously announced that the Lebanese militia Hezbollah had tripled its rocket and missile arsenal since the eve of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, which it waged with Israel in southern Lebanon.
Earlier this month, Syrian President Bashar Assad told a number of foreign ministers and senior European diplomats with whom he met over the last month that he does not intend to "lift a finger" to restrain Hezbollah's arming in Lebanon. "I am not Israel's bodyguard," he reportedly said.