Sophisticated enemy: IDF officials say they were surprised by advanced Hizbullah military equipment recovered by troops in Lebanon that presents Israeli forces with difficult challenges as the fighting continues to rage.
After the outbreak of hostilities, IDF officers realized all assessments regarding Hizbullah arms were accurate, while some findings even exceeded predictions. Equipment recovered by Israeli troops includes night-vision equipment, gas masks, cutting-edge radio equipment, dozens of rifles, various types of handguns, silencers, helmets, and protective vests.
Soldiers also found computer parts attesting to the fact Hizbullah was acting in an orderly manner and documenting its operations.
"Suddenly, during battle, we saw a bush moving up and seconds later turn into a terrorist firing at our troops, " one IDF soldier told Ynet. "If we thought we knew everything about Hizbullah, we cannot hide the fact some things surprised us, at least among the group's elite units, whose surprise capabilities are not unlike elite IDF units."
Troops also uncovered a special command system that allows terrorists to observe developments outside their bunkers while they're hiding inside. The electronic system was installed inside the bunker, while a special camera was installed outside.
"There's no doubt this…is part of the organization's preparations ahead of ground action against our forces," a military source said. "We're still studying the subject, as well as other issues, and undertaking suitable actions in response."
Some equipment used by Hizbullah, such as motorcycles, were not brought back to Israel and instead were blown up by troops.
The commander in charge of the IDF unit responsible for handling recovered Hizbullah weapons, identified only as Major Meir, says all equipment is checked by sappers to ensure it was not booby-trapped.
"The booty is examined and analyzed by various IDF elements in order to study it and draw conclusions, which are of great importance," he said.