Israel has damaged two-thirds of Zilzal II missiles

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israeli intelligence has revealed today that over the first three weeks of the war in Lebanon, Israel was able to destroy two-thirds of the Iranian made Zilzal II missiles, capable of reaching a distance of 200 kilometers.

According to intelligence officials, Israel has badly damaged Hizballah’s long range missile firing capability. Having said that, Hizballah is still holding some of the missiles, but the assessment is that they require Iranian approval to use them.

The officials added that Hizballah still holds a huge cache of short range rockets: about 10,000 122 millimeter Katyushas and hundreds of launchers.

Hizballah still holds the capability to launch 302 millimeter rockets like the ones fired on Afula, and even to hit south of Haifa. The launcher which fired the missile at Afula last week was hit a minute after the launch. Since then no missile of that kind was used, but it is believed that Hizballah is in possession of more launchers and the units operating them are still active. The range of these missiles (nicknamed by Hizballah, “Hibar I”) is between 90 and 150 kilometers.

Assessments in Israel indicate that Hizballah still has half the amount of 220 millimeter rockets they had in the beginning of the war. In addition, officials estimate that Syria is continuing to actively support Hizballah activities on the highest levels.

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