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Israel complains to UN about rearming by Hezbollah
Published Friday 21/12/2012 (updated) 23/12/2012 11:33
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A United Nations peacekeeper on an armored vehicle patrols the
Lebanese-Israeli border. (Reuters/Karamallah Daher, File)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's UN envoy urged the Security Council on Thursday to condemn what he described as significant rearming by Hezbollah, saying the Lebanese group now possessed an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles capable of hitting Israel.

Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said in a letter to the 15-nation council that the buildup was in clear violation of a UN arms embargo.

Prosor said an explosion in the southern Lebanese town of Tair Harfa on Monday was at a weapons depot.

"This explosion offers yet another reminder to the world about the grave danger before our eyes in Lebanon," he wrote.

"In flagrant breach of (Security Council) resolution 1701, Hezbollah has built its arsenal to unprecedented levels, amassing 50,000 deadly missiles in Lebanon -- more missiles than many NATO members have in their possession," he said. "These missiles can reach all of Israel and well beyond."

A Lebanese security source said Monday's blast was caused by a rocket that had been fired into Lebanon during Hezbollah's 2006 war with Israel but which did not detonate on impact.

Israel has long complained that the UN arms embargo on Lebanon has been unsuccessful.

"I call on the Security Council and all responsible members of the international community to send a clear signal that Hezbollah's rapid rearmament will not be tolerated - backed by concrete steps on the ground," he said.

"A logical first step is to ensure that Hezbollah is placed on relevant terrorism watchlists in all corners of the globe, including in the European Union," Prosor said.

A Reuters reporter in Lebanon on Monday said members of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army and around 50 members of the UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL were at the site of the blast but that he was prevented from approaching the area.

UNIFIL has about 12,000 troops and naval personnel in Lebanon after its expansion under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that halted the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon. The south remains a Hezbollah stronghold.

Despite domestic demands for the group to disarm, Hezbollah keeps stockpiles of weapons -- including thousands of rockets -- saying it will need them in the event of a new war with Israel.

On Oct. 3, three Hezbollah members were killed in an explosion at a weapons warehouse in the town of Nabi Sheet in eastern Lebanon.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
21/12/2012 14:23
UN peacekeepers. The late Prime Minister of Canada Lester B Pearson is credited with putting together this arm of the United Nations. He is turning in his grave watching how these men turn their eyes away as Hezbollah goes about its business of rearming. Don't pretend to do the job you were assigned. What a joke.

2 ) has the zio entity re-armed? / USA
21/12/2012 15:25
hezbollah is all that staands from gaza style seige and occupation by the expansionist zio theocracy....don't like it arnold hiding in canada...make aliyah and tell nasrallah :)

3 ) Reader / from Edmonton
21/12/2012 15:46
Israel should complain about the drones Hezbollah sent.

4 ) gabi / australia
22/12/2012 05:17
"Israel complains to the UN . . ." Mind-boggling hypocrisy. When Israel starts taking notice of what the UN says, then they can complain about something they don't like. Until then . . .

5 ) toofaan / south africa
22/12/2012 06:24
and just who complains (or can ever) about Israel's arsenal?

6 ) firas / palestine
23/12/2012 00:21
viva hizballah

7 ) Dram / USA
24/12/2012 04:14
Hezbollah is all that stands between Assad and the Sunni. I think they lost 50 fighters last week based on news reports. Those Hezbollah weapons are absolutely necessary to kill the Sunni of Syria. Last week Assad launched Scuds - he will run out but Hezbollah is there for resupply and for infantry. Assad has a shortage of infantry as well. So these weapons are needed - Assad needs them to kill the Sunni and Hezbollah is helping. Anyone who is against Hezbollah weapons is against Assad.
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