Report: New Evidence Shows Hezbollah Missile Bases in Syria

Times of London says satellite images indicate Hezbollah are allowed to freely transfer arms across the border with Lebanon.

New satellite images prove the existence of Hezbollah arms bases on Syrian soil, a Times of London report revealed Friday, saying that those bases were also stocked with Syria-made weapons, including surface-to-surface missiles.

Hezbollah youth holding Katyushas near Nasrallah portrait
Young Hezbollah supporters holding mock ups of Katyusha rockets in front of a portrait of group leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.AP

According to The Times report, the Hezbollah base was found near the town of Adra, northeast of Damascus, adding that evidence indicated that militants have their own living quarters, armory, and a fleet of supply vehicles used to ferry weapons into Lebanon.

A security source told the U.K. newspapers that Hezbollah was "allowed to operate this site freely," adding that they "often move the arms in bad weather when Israeli satellites are unable to track them."

Lebanon and Syria have recentlysaid they fear a possible attack by Israel after President Shimon Peres accused Syria in April of supplying Hezbollah with long-range Scud missiles capable of hitting major Israeli cities. Damascus has denied the charge and accused Israel of fomenting war.

Some U.S. officials have expressed doubt that any Scuds were actually handed over in full to Hezbollah, although they believe Syria might have transferred weapons parts.

"We obviously have grave concerns about the transfer of any missile capability to Hezbollah through Lebanon from Syria," a senior U.S. President Barack Obama administration official said last Friday, following a meeting between Obama and Lebanon Prime Minister Said Hariri.