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Video: Blast at Hezbollah arms cache
Israeli military aircraft documents recent explosion at Shiite group's weapons cache; shows Hezbollah operatives concealing rockets, transferring weapons

An Israeli military aircraft was able to capture on film the recent explosion which took out a Hezbollah rocket storage warehouse in Lebanon.

 

The explosion took place last Friday at 12:45, on the outskirts of the Lebanese village of Shihabiya, just south of the Litani River.

 

The footage shows how in the hours following the blast, Hezbollah operatives were trying to conceal the warehouse' content by placing sheets of tarp arount it, to obscure the scene.

Video courtesy of IDF Spokesman's Office

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It also shows how dozens of Hezbollah operatives shuttled the remaining rockets to warehouses nearby and to a mosque adjacent to Nabatieh, north of the Litani River.

  

Hezbollah blocked the Lebanese military and UNIFIL from arriving at the scene until after the remaining weapons were relocated.

 

It is believed that various kinds of rockets were stored in the warehouse, from short-range, 107mm rockets, to medium-range, 122mm rockets.  

 

The warehouse in question was a significant Hezbollah site. The IDF is following the event's aftermath closely, as the explosion was the third of its kind in the past 14 months.

 

The incident's location – a Hezbollah facility south of the Litani River, brings into question UN Resolution 1701, which states the area is to be demilitarized. It also stresses the Lebanese army's acquiescence in regards to Hezbollah's activity in the area, as well as the UNIFIL problematic policies, as it does nothing to stop Hezbollah's armament.

 

 

 

 

 


First published: 09.05.10, 20:06
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