Iranian commander Ali Hajizadeh : Hezbollah's missile capabilities improved
Iranian commander Ali Hajizadeh : Hezbollah's missile capabilities improved

Senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that Hezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can now pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel.

Gen. Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard's aerospace division, said Israelis will see Hezbollah's new might should a war break out. Slain Hezbollah commander Hasan Lakkis had played a key role in boosting the group's military strength, he added, without elaborating. The comments were posted on the Guard's website, sepahnews.com.

He said "Hezbollah's capability has improved so tremendously in recent years that it can hit and destroy any target in the occupied lands with very little inaccuracy and pinpoint ability", referring to Israel.

Hajizadeh didn't say how Hezbollah's missile capability had improved, but Israeli media has reported that the group has been moving long-range missiles to Lebanon from bases where it had stored them inside Syria.

The missiles shipped into Lebanon reportedly include long-range Scud D missiles that can strike deep into Israel, shorter-range Scud C's, medium-range solid-fueled Fateh missile as well as Fajr rockets, both of which are made in Iran. Shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles are also reported to be in the arsenal.

U.S. officials believe the weapons were transferred into Lebanon from Syria piece-by-piece to evade Israeli air strikes.

Lakkis was assassinated last month in southern Beirut. He is believed played a significant role in obtaining weapons, including long-range rockets.

 

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