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Report: Hezbollah Sets Up More Missile Launch Sites in Beirut Neighborhoods

Report: Hezbollah Sets Up More Missile Launch Sites in Beirut Neighborhoods

“Hezbollah stores its weapons in civilian structures and in the proximity of densely populated areas throughout Lebanon.”

A recent report published by the Israel-based Alma Research and Education Center revealed the Iran-backed Hezbollah is erecting more missile launch sites in the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The missiles aimed at Israel are located in the city’s crowded neighborhoods, a tactic to deter the Israeli military from targeting the sites in case of an armed conflict.

Alma published its findings last week (download the PDF version here):

On September 29, 2020, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled three more sites related to Hezbollah’s missile deployment in Beirut.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s exposure proved our working assumption as presented in our report: The launch sites are in close proximity to the missile production and storage sites, thus maintaining an immediate and instant launching capability. After the publication of our report last July, we continued extracting intelligence collected and persisted on the extraction of new information.

In February 2021, our follow-up report was published which dealt with the School compounds of the Islamic Shiite Waqf Committee in Burj al Barajneh, which serve as a human shield for Hezbollah’s medium-range missile array in Beirut (…)

We were recently able to identify four new sites belonging to Hezbollah’s missile deployment in Beirut: a commanding and control site, two production and storage sites, and one launch site. 

The terrorist militia unveiled four new sites connected to the Iranian-made Fatah 110 medium-range ballistic missile system. It also included the coordinates of the newly identified site in Beirut, surrounded by heavily populated areas.

“Hezbollah plans to launch these weapons toward civilian targets and population concentrations in Israel from within or adjacent to residential buildings. Hezbollah believes that this tactic will grant it immunity against IDF’s attacks,” the report concluded. 

In a July 2020 report, Alma exposed Hezbollah’s cynical human shield ploy.

“Hezbollah stores its weapons in civilian structures and in the proximity of densely populated areas throughout Lebanon, with the highest concentration in the capital city of Beirut, the Beqaa Valley, and southern Lebanon,” the study said

The latest findings confirm assertions made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his September 2020 speech to the United Nations General Assembly when he identified several Hezbollah rocket launch sites in Beirut’s residential areas. 

“I say to the people of Lebanon, Israel means you no harm. But Iran does,” Netanyahu said during his UN speech. “Iran and Hezbollah have deliberately put you and your families in grave danger. And what you should make clear is that what they have done is unacceptable. You should tell them, tear these depots down.”

The use of Lebanese civilians as human shields goes beyond Hezbollah’s missile launch bases. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), “Hezbollah militants and arms are systematically embedded in civilian areas and urban population centers. Hundreds of arms depots, thousands of militants, and tens of thousands of rockets are distributed throughout Southern Lebanon alone.”

Besides Iranian-made Fatah 110 ballistic missiles, the terrorist militia’s arsenal includes precision-guided missiles capable of “directly target Israeli civilians, towns, and cities,” the IDF confirmed

Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia, often regarded as the world’s most heavily armed terrorist outfit, received close to $700 million annually from Tehran before outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump imposed crippling sanctions in 2018. 

President Joe Biden recently revoked the Trump administration’s enforcement of U.N. sections and international arms embargo on Iran, a move that may resume the flow of advanced Russian and Chinese weaponry to Hezbollah and other Iran-backed Arab-Islamic terrorist groups.

PM Netanyahu reveals secret Hezbollah Lebanon-based arms depots in UN General Assembly speech (September 2020)


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Paul In Sweden | March 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

It does not surprise me when someone contracts STDs while sleeping in whore houses. It still surprises me that some people are still moved by civilian casualties surrounding Islamist militant outposts. If the Islamists do not care one bit about the women and children, I certainly will not either.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul In Sweden. | March 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Fuel air bombs incinerate everything in a 1-2 mile diameter. That happens so fast that their dull witted brains would not even be able to react, while people on the perimeter not be that lucky. Their example might serve to save their fellows from continuing to lead completely useless lives, lives which do not matter.

    Drop one of those on each known site.

    It is a shame that such large numbers of Arabs fail to grasp that they could ride Israel’s economic coattails and prosper.

Fighting wars without pissing off the enemy started with LBJ. If the war ends too soon, the big corporations would not make as much money.

Professor Jacobson, you need to make it a policy that when reporting on this tactic the writer will mention that it is in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions, defined as Perfidy, and means that Israel is entitled under the Geneva Conventions to respond with full force. ANY civilian casualties that result are the fault of those committing Perfidy.

    Milhouse in reply to SDN. | March 1, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    That’s how a normal person understands it. But the left, which includes the Israeli legal establishment, holds that one side violating the law is not an excuse for the other side to violate it too; so the Arabs are wrong to put the missiles there, but the IDF still can’t attack them. Which means the tactic is illegal but it works, so why should the Arabs care? The Geneva Conventions were deliberately designed as a bargain, quid pro quo; but the left prefers to see them as unconditionally binding law.

    CommoChief in reply to SDN. | March 1, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Not to mention the fact that Hezbollah isn’t a nation state and is not a signatory to the Geneva conventions.

The terrorists know obama is in xw facto power in the US. Look for the return of 70s terror.

Suppose the various sites were bombarded with paint bombs that would clearly identify the locations? Let the abutters know what is what and where it is. Give the locals an opportunity to vacate the area and then lower the boom on the particular spot.

    pst314 in reply to NotKennedy. | March 1, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I believe the locals know exactly what is happening, and know that Hezbollah will kill them if they object in any way. I would not be surprised if Hezbollah has also made it clear to them that they will be killed if they vacate the area.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to NotKennedy. | March 1, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Effective war is about causing the enemy more loss of life and property damage than they are willing to bear. It is better to get it over with as fast as possible.

    Israel’s people need to put their collective feet down on the necks of those bureaucrats.

The missiles aimed at Israel are located in the city’s crowded neighborhoods, a tactic to deter the Israeli military from targeting the sites in case of an armed conflict. […] Hezbollah believes that this tactic will grant it immunity against IDF’s attacks

And unfortunately they are very probably correct. For all the threats Netanyahu makes now, when it comes down to it he will not be making the decisions; the IDF lawyers will, and they are likely to veto strikes on those targets.

The biggest threat to Israel’s security is not the Arabs but its own legal establishment, which has seized effective power from the elected government. Israel is about to hold its fourth election in two years, but whatever government emerges from it will have to obey the same lawyers, who are not up for election.

    texansamurai in reply to Milhouse. | March 1, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    lord—you ARE an idiot

      Milhouse in reply to texansamurai. | March 1, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      The evidence is very much that YOU are the idiot. Do you have any substantive objection to make to anything I wrote? I thought not.

        Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2021 at 8:10 am

        It’s not the lawyers fifing missiles into Israeli territory. It’s the arab terrorists doing that. So eliminate the arab terrorists (and make it perfectly clear to them that terrorist action will not be tolerated at all) and you’ve solved most, if not all, of the problem.

        And then deal with the lawyers as necessary.

          You don’t seem to understand. The IDF cannot decide for itself what to do; nor does the elected government have the final say in with the IDF does. Neither the IDF nor the government can do anything without the lawyers’ permission.

Lucifer Morningstar | March 1, 2021 at 4:18 pm

The missiles aimed at Israel are located in the city’s crowded neighborhoods, a tactic to deter the Israeli military from targeting the sites in case of an armed conflict.

The IDF needs to over fly these neighborhoods and drop leaflets stating that Hezbollah has put civilian lives in danger and they must immediately leave the area before the IDF bombs the terrorist installations. Wait a period of time for any civilians that chose to do so to leave, and then bomb the terrorist controlled missile site. Rinse, repeat as many times until either Hezbollah surrenders or there is no longer anything left for Hezbollah to use. Either way, end of problem.

Oh, and when the usual suspects start yelling about “civilian deaths” and the like simply tell them the civilians in the area had ample warning that the bombing was to take place and if they made the decision not to leave then their deaths are upon them. And not anyone else.

Time to end this farce one way or the other. And I know which side I support.

    The IDF lawyers will not allow that. And they’re whom the IDF obeys, not the elected government.

      UserP in reply to Milhouse. | March 1, 2021 at 6:20 pm

      Maybe they need to change lawyers.

      Lucifer Morningstar in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2021 at 8:05 am

      And since when do “lawyers” control the military. The generals simply need to order it done and it will be done. Lawyers be damned. And the same for the courts.

      Unless those same lawyers and courts are willing to take individual and group responsibility for each and every Israeli citizen’s death as a result of their insistence the IDF do nothing to prevent terrorist attacks.

      Would they be willing to do that?

        You don’t get it. The lawyers are in charge. The courts said so. That means the generals can’t defy the lawyers. It would be a crime. Their orders would be illegal and therefore would not be obeyed. Anyone obeying their orders would be arrested and thrown in prison.

        It’s got nothing to do with what responsibility the courts or the lawyers are willing to take. They are in charge. They have veto power over all orders. Every soldier knows that it is a crime to obey an illegal order, and the lawyer is there to tell them which orders are legal.

texansamurai | March 1, 2021 at 5:32 pm

in this case, when you warn hezbollah by warning the civilians, the terrorists are forced to move the weapons(making them vulnerable to conventional forces)or have the weapons destroyed–a win-win

since these missiles are not for aa or even point defense they must be classified as offensive weapons(and, in truth, hezbollah et al have so declared)

mossad(like the company here in the us)is not technically bound by the gc and does not see it as an obstacle to their mission–the idf, on the other hand, is the public face of israeli armed forces