Center for Security Policy, by Alex VanNess, July 11, 2017:
Reports show that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is building underground facilities for Hezbollah. These facilities, which have been reported on as far back as March, are said to be 50 meters below ground to protect from potential Israeli airstrikes.
The factory located in northern Lebanon is said to be manufacturing Fateh 110 missile’s, a short-range surface-to-surface missile with a range of approximately 190 miles. That range can threaten most of Israel. The second factory is supposedly manufacturing small arms.
Center adjunct-fellow, Caroline Glick highlights Hezbollah’s growing belligerence her recent column:
Not only is Hezbollah building a missile industry. It is deploying its forces directly across the border with Israel – in material breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 from 2006, which set the terms of the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah at the end of the Second Lebanon War.
The missile facility is a marked upgrade in Hezbollah’s weapons manufacturing abilities. Additionally, Hezbollah’s has also been battle hardened, having fought in Syria for the past several years.
Last month, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah raised the bar on his rhetoric, calling for fighters from different regions to join forces, saying the next war with Israel could “open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate – from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,”
Intentional or not, this situation will only escalate. Israel would do well to take decisive action to neutralize this growing threat.