The terrorist group Hezbollah is using crowded residential areas in the Lebanese capital of Beirut to store massive amounts of explosives and missiles, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday revealed.
While the mainstream media have largely shied away from reporting Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah's apparent link to this month's deadly Beirut blast, German newspaper Die Welt has published a detailed account citing Western intelligence agencies linking the Lebanese terrorist outfit to the carnage that killed more than 200 people and left thousands injured.
The only thing about which I am highly confident regarding this story is that we may never know what really happened, unless someone (Israel?) decides to leak details through trusted reporters.
The Jerusalem Post reports:
The Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, is using thugs to break up anti-government protests in the country's capital Beirut.
Hundreds of Hezbollah followers armed with sticks assaulted protesters at an anti-corruption rally. They burned and dismantled tents set up by the demonstrators in the city center, news reports said.
Defying the warning by the terrorist group Hezbollah, tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters took to the streets for the tenth day in a row. They are calling for an end to corruption and to the mismanagement that has pushed the country to the brink of an economic collapse.
Israeli raids on Iranian bases in Syria killed two Hezbollah operatives working with the Iranians to launch drone attacks on Israel. That same day, Israel reportedly destroyed key Iranian missile manufacturing equipment in the heart of Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold, using small copter-drones.
In early December 2018, Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield," the effort to locate and destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels along the Lebanese border in northern Israel.
There were many dramatic videos of the operation, including that moment when Hezbollah operatives on the Lebanese side came face-to-face with an Israeli surveillance camera inserted into one of the tunnels:
Thirty seven years ago, in the summer of 1982, Israel went to war against the PLO in Lebanon in what was known as Operation Peace for Galilee (Milchemet Shlom Hagalil) and later known as the First Lebanon War.
Israel's Operation Northern Shield continues to uncover Hezbollah attack tunnels dug from Lebanese civilian areas under the border into northern Israel.
The purpose of the tunnels was to surprise Israel in the next war by infiltrating special Hezbollah commando units who have been tasked with capturing an Israeli town or border community. While such a capture would be temporary, it would be a large propaganda victory.
Israel continues to rollout Hezbollah attack tunnel discoveries, each to much fanfare for the media and diplomats.
Although Israeli likely knows about almost all the tunnels, it waits a few days between discoveries in order to maximize the exposure and keep the news cycle going.
Hezbollah has constructed numerous attack tunnels from civilian villages in southern Lebanon across the border into Israel.
The purpose of the tunnels was to provide a way to surprise Israel in the next war by quickly infiltrating large numbers of terrorists to capture Israeli towns near the border. This would serve both as a diversion and also a huge propaganda win, even if the towns were retaken quickly.
The Israel Defense Forces has uncovered at 4th attack tunnel built by Hezbollah across the Lebanese border into Israel.
Israel is using the discovery and demolition of the tunnels to put political and diplomatic pressure on Hezbollah and Iran. International diplomats and political visitors are taken to the area where Israel is digging.
Israel continues Operation Northern Shield, to uncover and destroy attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanaon across the border into northern Israel.
The purpose of the tunnels was to allow Hezbollah to infiltrate into Israel in case of war, and to seize Israeli territory for a big propaganda win. We covered the tunnel exposure efforts in the following posts:
Hezbollah had an extensive program to built attack tunnels capable of transferring large numbers of terrorists into northern Israel in a short amount of time.
The project, if ever used in war, would have allowed Hezbollah to score a short-term military, and long-term propaganda, victory by seizing towns and territory within Israel. Hezbollah many times has threatened to take the ground war into Israel, and tunnels were to play a key role as they do for Hamas in Gaza.