by WorldTribune Staff, March 16, 2017
Hizbullah is producing its own missiles in well-protected factories in Lebanon and has raised its level of preparedness for a massive attack on Israel, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander said.
Iran has opened factories in Lebanon to manufacture long-range missiles as well as other munitions and has recently passed ownership of the factories to Hizbullah, the commander, who opted to remain anonymous, told Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida.
The IRGC official said that Iran’s decision to set up the factories in Lebanon was made due to “Israel’s [alleged destruction] of munition factories in Sudan, as well as the damage caused to munition sources from Syria.”
The manufacturing facilities were built some 50 meters deep and are protected by several defense systems to fend off Israel’s fighter jets in case of attack, the IRGC commander said.
The factories are able to manufacture surface-to-surface missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and drones that carry anti-tank missiles, the commander said. The missiles have a range of over 500 kilometers (310 miles).
A special faculty facility was opened at Imam Hossein University, which is owned by the IRGC, where hundreds of Lebanese as well as foreign students are trained to manufacture rockets, the commander said.
Addressing Hizbullah’s repeated threat to launch rockets that could reach every part of Israel, the IRGC official quoted Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan who has recently claimed Hizbullah was now capable of manufacturing rockets that could target all of Israel, from the very north to the southern border with Egypt.
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has declared the terror organization ready to launch an attack against Israel.
“I call on Israel not only to empty the ammonia tank in Haifa, but also to dismantle the nuclear reactor in Dimona. Our military capabilities will strike Israel and its settlements,” he threatened as recently as February, the Jerusalem Post reported.