Hezbollah: Our New Iranian Missiles Are a Deterrent Against Israel

Senior militant leader boasts that Heabollah has received not only missiles but also training and technical know-how from Iran to build more.

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Iranian missiles with pinpoint accuracy that Hezbollah has received are the "real deterrent factor" in its confrontation with Israel, a leader of the militant Lebanese group told Iran's Tasnim News Agency on Sunday.

“They (Israelis) are well aware that Hezbollah is in possession of missiles with pinpoint accuracy, and thanks to the equipment Hezbollah acquired, and with the Islamic Republic’s support and Hezbollah’s readiness for any future war, this war will be much tougher for the Israelis,” Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy secretary general of Hezbollah, told Tasnim.

Hezbollah has received Fateh-class Conqueror missiles that could reach Dimona, Revolutionary Guards Brigidier General Sayed Majid Moussavi reportedly said, according to Lebanese website YaLibnan, which cited Fars News Agency. The missiles have a range of 250 to 350 kilometers and are reportedly fitted with a 500kg warhead. Israel has been worried about such missiles getting into Hezbollah's hands, according to the Associated Press.

Qassem stressed that Iran also provided training to Hezbollah forces to prepare and launch the projectiles as well as technical know-how to make more missiles, according to Tasnim.

“When we are talking about the missile capability, it does not mean that only a number of Iranian missiles are delivered to the resistance (movement), but such a capability includes the entire necessary items for missiles,” he said.

The sheikh dismissed the notion that Iran's missile capacity threatened its Arab neighbors.

“Such missile capability (of Iran) is firstly to support Iran’s government and Revolution, and secondly, to serve the resistance (front) in the face of the Israeli enemy and serves the regional governments as well," he told Tasnim.