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(Update) Hezbollah: 6 Years of "Preparations"

9:04 PM, Jul 30, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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(From the Herald Sun: "The Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons. Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon…. Another [picture] depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack. "Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets," he said. "Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.")

Posted July 30, 2006:

May 2000: Israeli forces withdraw from southern Lebanon; UN establishes "Blue Line," the line of demarcation between Israel and Lebanon.

UN Security Council Resolution 1559, September 2, 2004: "Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non- Lebanese militias….",,2089-2291499,00.html target=_blank>From The Sunday Times, July 30, 2006:

Hezbollah's stockpiling of arms and preparation of numerous bunkers and tunnels over the past six years have been key to its resistance. "If it was not for these preparations Lebanon would have been defeated within hours," [Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah's second in command] said.

Hezbollah is believed to be in possession of four types of advanced missile: Fajr missiles with a range of 100 kilometres; Iran 130 missiles with a range of 110km; and Shahin missiles and 355mm rockets with ranges of 150km. He said that Hezbollah will use its weapons to strike deep into Israel should the attacks in Lebanon continue.