Israel: Hizballah rearmed in southern Lebanon, despite UN force

Thursday, October 29, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A top Israeli army official on Wednesday told The Jerusalem Post that Hizballah has managed to set up an arms cache in just about every village in southern Lebanon, despite the presence of more than 10,000 UN peacekeepers tasked with preventing the group's rearmament.

The official said that while the UN force has done an adequate job of not allowing Hizballah to operate in the open, the peacekeepers have demonstrated that they dare not enter local villages, where they are viewed and treated with hostility. As a result, Hizballah has been free to set up bases in nearly every small town and village, putting its weapons well within range of Israel.

That assessment came just a day after a missile fired from southern Lebanon hit the outskirts of the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shemonah. Four more missiles were found at the launch site, located in a small Lebanese village just miles from the Israeli border.

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