October 19, 2019

IDF Reveals Hezbollah Factory Manufacturing Precision-Guided Missiles

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks via a screen during a protest in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed in a Sept. 3 tweet a Hezbollah factory in southern Lebanon that is manufacturing precision-guided missiles.

According to the IDF, the facility is located just north of Nabi Chit, housing “is Iranian-supplied machinery used to manufacture precision-guided missiles with an accuracy of less than 10 meters.” The IDF added in a follow-up tweet that “Iran is trying to turn its proxy Hezbollah into the first terror group in the world with precision-guided missiles.”

The IDF first announced Iran’s efforts to arm Hezbollah with precision-guided missiles in an Aug. 29 video naming three Iranian commanders in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force – Brig. Gen. Muhammad Hussein-Zada Hejazi, Col. Majid Nuab and Brig. Gen. Ali Asrar Nuruzi – who are working with Hezbollah on the matter. The IDF stated that the factories are located in civilian areas, accusing Hezbollah of using Lebanon’s civilians as “human shields” and warning that the Iranian terror proxy is “dangerously close” to being able to manufacture precision-guided missiles that would allow Hezbollah to “attack any target of their choice.”

“We will not stand to the side and allow our enemies to acquire deadly weapons to use against us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Aug. 29. “This week, I already told our enemies to be careful with their actions. Now I am telling them: Dir balak [watch out].”

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has denied that the terror group is developing such weaponry, saying on Aug. 31, “This is a lie and a pretext that Netanyahu is adopting to carry out aggression.” 

According to the Times of Israel, the IDF is concerned that Hezbollah could eventually use precision-guided missiles “to attack sensitive facilities and overwhelm [Israel’s] air defense array.” Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned the Lebanese government on Sept. 3 that if they “don’t thwart Hezbollah’s activity against Israel, the whole of Lebanon will be struck, and it will be severely hurt.”

On Sept. 2, the IDF launched several retaliatory strikes in Lebanon in response to Hezbollah firing at an IDF medical vehicle containing five soldiers but stopped just short of obliterating Hezbollah’s missile operations.