Hezbollah movement has 40,000 rockets: Israel

July 9th, 2008 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS  

RIA Novosti
Tel Aviv, July 9 (RIA Novosti) The Islamic Hezbollah movement of Lebanon has increased its rocket arsenal threefold since the start of an armed conflict with Israel two years ago, Israel’s state-run radio reported Wednesday. The Hezbollah movement has now 40,000 rockets capable of reaching Israel, Kol Israel radio said citing intelligence sources.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a cabinet meeting Wednesday that the increase in weapons by Shia militia group was in violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 34-day war in 2006.

The UN resolution called for the disarming of all militias and the prevention of gun-running and smuggling operations in Lebanon.

Over the past few days, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has raised the issue with foreign ministers from France, Germany and Italy.

According to Kol Israel, he indicated that Israel would not tolerate violations of peace agreements, which could damage “the fragile balance on the Israeli border”.
RIA Novosti

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