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Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz
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Haifa train depot
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Mofaz: 50 percent of Hizbullah's capability impaired
Transportation minister visits Israel Railways workers injured by Katyusha attack on Sunday, says Iranian soldiers operating Hizbullah weaponry in south Lebanon

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday morning visited Israel Railway workers injured in a Katuysha attack at a train depot in Haifa on Sunday.


During the visit at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Mofaz said members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are operating weaponry on behalf of Hizbullah.


"The fact that Hizbullah needs help testifies to the success of the operation. So far we destroyed some 50 percent of Hizbullah's capabilities," Mofaz said.


Mofaz visited three Israel Railway employees who were injured in the Katyusha attack that killed eight of their comrades.


Sami Raz, who was injured in the chest, showed Mofaz his wounds and recounted the traumatic experience: "We were together, and in an instant our department was massacred."


Mofaz also visited three Israel Defense Forces soldiers who were injured in clashes with Hizbullah terrorists.


"Until now, with the start of the ninth day, the operation went as scheduled, and more time is needed in order to target Hizbullah's capability. It is impossible to carry out an operation of the kind without casualties," Mofaz said.

Mofaz visits Sami Raz, who was injured in Haifa train depot (Photo: Doron Golan)


"Until now we haven't used even 10 percent of the army's capability. I suggest we don't ask every day and every minute when the war will
end. There is hope that we will overcome the situation. We hear about injured people and Katyushas every day but all in all things are going as expected. The Israeli public has the strength, firmness and determination," he added. 


Mofaz pointed the accusation finger to Syria and Iran for backing Hizbullah and initiating the operation to kidnapped Israeli soldiers.


"The Syrians and Iranians are behind the kidnappings which were carried out to divert the attention of the G8 summit in St Petersburg. The Syrians also assist Hizbullah as evident in the arm trucks targeted by the IDF. We are fighting Hizbullah and not the Lebanese people. Maybe we can reach an agreement with Lebanon after the fighting if they fulfill the demands set by the international community – most and foremost the implementation of United Nations resolution 1559," he said.


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