Base in Bekaa Valley reportedly houses at least 14 drones
Hezbollah has constructed a small military airport in the Bekaa Valley for transporting weapons between Syria and Lebanon, according to Lebanese officials.
Housed at the base are 14 unmanned drones (Mirsad-1 and -2 types), Israeli daily Maariv reported, citing Qatar-based daily Al-Watan. Hezbollah also reportedly dug tunnels around the base under the supervision of Iran.
Hezbollah has been embroiled in the Syrian civil war for over a year fighting on the side of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its fighters have been instrumental in the relative turnaround of the regime’s fortunes in the past several months.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wants the world to know that the country’s nuclear program will be going nowhere.
“I can tell you that Iran’s nuclear program will remain intact. We will not close any program,” Mr. Zarif said Thursday while speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Reuters reported.
The comment could complicate plans by the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, which all hope to come to a long-term agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program by July.
“I am hoping by the first deadline we will reach a final deal and to start implementing it,” Mr. Zarif added, Reuters reported. “And I can assure you that Iran has that political will and good faith that is required in order to achieve that.”
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Hezbollah on Wednesday vowed to retaliate for a Monday night attack on its forces that was widely reported to have been an Israeli airstrike, calling it an attack against all of Lebanon.
The statement on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television station was the first acknowledgement of the strike for the terror group. Al-Manar had previously denied that a strike on the group’s forces had occurred, despite reports in Lebanese media earlier Wednesday that four Hezbollah operatives had been killed.
“The resistance will choose the right time and place to retaliate for the Israeli offensive,” Hezbollah was quoted as saying by Al-Manar. Read more at The Times of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Tuesday at Israeli involvement in a reported air raid on a Hezbollah position on the Lebanon Syria border a night earlier.
Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netanyahu said he would not speak to the reports that Israeli planes struck a missile shipment or missile base in the Baalbek region on the border between the Syria and Lebanon.
However, he added that Israel would defend itself through whatever means necessary.
“Our policy is clear,” he said to a reporter’s question about the reported strike. “I won’t speak about what is being claimed or not being claimed. However, we will do everything we need to in order to defend the security of our citizens.” Read more at The Times of Israel.