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Lebanon's Hezbollah vows to confront U.S. Middle East plan
June 1, 2019

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah pledged on Friday to confront the U.S. Middle East plan that President Donald Trump has touted as “the deal of the century.”

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the heavily armed Shi’ite movement, said it was unlikely Washington and its allies would launch a war against Tehran as they would pay a heavy price.

The U.S. military has sent forces, including an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers, to the region to counter what it called “clear indications” of threats from Iran.


The U.S. special envoy for Iran says the steps had deterred Tehran. But he said that Washington would respond to any attacks with military force, as Arab leaders met on Thursday to discuss what they deem a rising threat from Tehran.

Saudi Arabia’s king told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian “escalations” in the region after attacks on Gulf oil assets.

The United States knows that “war against Iran will not stop at Iran’s borders,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech at a rally marking the annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day. “The entire region will burn. ... All U.S. forces and interests in the region will be annihilated.”


He said the “balance of power” was preventing a U.S.-Iran war, which he warned would also hit U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Nasrallah described a U.S. blueprint to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, led by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, as a “historic crime” that must be stopped. “This is a religious, moral, humanitarian, jihadi duty,” he said.

The first stage of the plan, still in draft form after almost two years, is expected to be unveiled at a late June conference in Bahrain. It seeks to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by Arab donor states before grappling with thorny political issues at the heart of the conflict.

Palestinian and Arab sources briefed on the draft say it has jettisoned the two-state solution - the long-standing U.S. and world formula that envisages an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza.

Nasrallah also denied charges that Hezbollah has factories in Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles, but said it has enough of those missiles “to change the face of the region.”

Israel and the United States believe Hezbollah has sought home-grown production of precision-guided missiles that could paralyze Israeli infrastructure.

Israel sees Lebanon’s Hezbollah, against which it fought a month-long war in 2006, as the biggest threat on its borders.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Andrew Heavens and Leslie Adler



 

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Israel identifies Hizbullah missile factory
Nicholas Blanford, Beirut
05 September 2019

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A still taken from the video released by Hizbullah on 2 September shows the moment the first missile exploded, seemingly just in front of the vehicle. This created smoke that obscured the vehicle by the time the second missile (circled) exploded. Source: Hizbullah

In the latest in a series of revelations about the covert activities of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hizbullah, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed on 3 September the location of what it claimed is a missile production facility in Lebanon.

"We can now reveal that inside this Hizbullah facility is Iranian-supplied machinery used to manufacture precision-guided missiles with an accuracy of less than 10 m," it said. "Iran is trying to turn its proxy Hizbullah into the first terror group in the world with precision-guided missiles. We won't let them."

Located 7 km north-east-east of Nabi Chit in the eastern Beqaa Valley, this facility lies at the southern end of a larger Hizbullah military training zone and has been known to Western intelligence for several years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a similar announcement in September 2018 when he showed the United Nations General Assembly satellite imagery of three sites in southern Beirut that he claimed were missile production facilities. The claim was never verified.

More recently the IDF revealed details of what it said was an Iranian plan to carry out unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks from Syria. It released
photographs taken by two men as they boarded an Iranian Mahan Air flight, saying they were Lebanese operatives on their way to Iran for UAV training. The IDF said an airstrike it carried out southeast of Damascus on 24 August thwarted the plan.

Hizbullah identified the two men as members of the group when it held their funerals on 26 August.

It then carried out a retaliatory attack on 1 September, releasing a video showing a Kornet missile being launched at an IDF vehicle near the Israeli settlement of Avivim. This, and a second missile that was apparently launched from a different position, were seen exploding close to the vehicle, which Hizbullah identified as a Wolf armoured personnel carrier.

 

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Former Hezbollah official found dead in Beirut flat
September 8, 2019


BEIRUT (Reuters) - A former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday.

Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man.

A Hezbollah official who requested anonymity confirmed the death of Ali Hatoum and told Reuters an investigation was under way but that it did not appear to be security related.

The news agency gave no other information nor what position the deceased had held in the group.

Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.

Hezbollah had blamed Israel for the drone attack and its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned that it could be a precursor to assassination attacks by Israel.

Reporting by Laila Bassam Writing by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by David Goodman

 

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