Israel claims to uncover Hezbollah missile plant in Lebanon

Spanish UN peacekeepers patrol alongside the Lebanese-Israeli border, with the Israeli village of Metulla, background, within the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The Lebanon-Israel border was largely calm with U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the border Monday, a day after the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel, triggering Israeli artillery fireplace that lasted lower than two hours and prompted some fires. (AP Picture/Hussein Malla)

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army stated Tuesday the militant group Hezbollah and Iran have constructed a precision-missile manufacturing unit in neighboring Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

The military issued an announcement saying that “in concern of strikes” by Israel, Hezbollah had moved key gear from the positioning to “civilian places in Beirut.” It did not specify when this occurred.

The army stated the manufacturing unit was of “superior significance” to Hezbollah. An official, talking anonymously beneath army guidelines, stated the manufacturing unit is operational however lacking main parts.

There was no instant Hezbollah response to the Israeli army’s announcement, which got here simply days after heightened rigidity between the 2 foes.

Israel has not too long ago expressed considerations that Hezbollah and Iran are pursuing a missile-production business in Lebanon. On Saturday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah denied Israeli claims that the Iranian proxy group didn’t “have factories to provide precision-guided missiles in Lebanon.”

The announcement got here days after Israel and Hezbollah traded fireplace for the primary time in years. Hezbollah launched anti-tank missiles at an Israeli armored automobile close to the border, inflicting no casualties. Israel retaliated with artillery fireplace into southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah stated the assault was retaliation for an Israeli airstrike close to Damascus final month that killed two of its members. Israel stated the assault thwarted an Iranian-orchestrated drone assault squad. Days after the airstrike, Hezbollah stated two Israeli assault drones crash-landed in Beirut.

Israeli media reported that the drones focused a facility housing a “planetary mixer,” a big industrial machine that’s important to creating missiles.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a monthlong struggle in 2006. Israel considers the group its most instant menace.

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