According to Israeli, United Nations and Hezbollah officials, Hezbollah in Lebanon is stronger today than it was in 2006 when it conducted a cross-border raid which triggered a bloody war with Israel. The Shiite Muslim militia’s rearming is seen as a means of helping its proxy, Iran, deter any Israeli action against Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. The war three years ago cost the lives of 1,191 Lebanese and 43 Israeli civilians. Hezbollah, with the help of Iran, has stockpiled as many as 40,000 rockets and is actively training its to use ground-to-ground missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv and anti-aircraft missiles that could challenge Israel’s dominance of the skies. A recent explosion at a huge Hezbollah ammunition bunker 12 miles from the Israeli border has shown the scale of the Hezbollah build-up, a violation of the UN resolution which imposed a ceasefire and arms ban after the 2006 war.
HEZBOLLAH BOILING OVER IN LEBANON