Friday, March 9, 2018

Hezbollah In Lebanon Fears Israeli Attack - Declares State Of Emergency, Hezbollah In Possession Of Chemical Weapons?

Report: Hezbollah in Lebanon fears Israeli attack, declares state of emergency

Hezbollah in Lebanon has declared a state of emergency for fear of an Israeli attack approved by the United States.

"Hezbollah declared its ranks in readiness for the past two days, for fear of Israeli aggression on Lebanon," the Rai Al-Youm newspaper published in London reported Thursday.

"High alert was declared in light of information received that the Israeli army is conducting secret military maneuvers jointly with the United States, which are currently taking place in the country and in the Mediterranean," journalist Kamal Halaf, who is close with Hezbollah, said.

Citing sources in Hezbollah, Halaf added that US military leaders gave the IDF a green light to attack Hezbollah in Lebanon. The only thing preventing Israel from launching a surprise attack is fear of retalition from the Iranian-backed group, the sources said.

Also according to the Hezbollah sources, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu persuaded the Americans to make a "quick surprise attack" on Lebanese soil, but there is concern that such an attack could lead to all-out war in the region, since Hezbollah's response would be "tough and very strong," Halaf wrote.

Iran is building and testing short- to medium-range missiles armed with chemical warheads in Syria, former Syrian general Zuhair al-Saqit told The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv.

Saqit, who heads the Center for the Detection and Monitoring of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Belgium, also said that Iran’s Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah is in possession of chemical weapons, mostly handed to it by the Assad regime in order to hide their existence from international monitors.

In an interview in Paris, Saqit said that a large part of Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpiles that was hidden from international inspection bodies has been transferred to Hezbollah.

Tehran continues to be a major supplier of chemical weapons to the regime of President Bashar Assad and continues to develop chemical weapons in Syrian territory, he said. Iranian scientists, technicians and military personnel are developing missiles with chemical warheads with ranges of between 5 and 35 kilometers that can be carried in vehicles or by small army units within Syria – or beyond the border, he said.

Saqit came to Paris to warn European governments that, contrary to popular opinion, the problem of chemical weapons is not off the table.

“The Syrian Army and the militias supporting it carry out daily attacks on the population, which use chlorine gas. Only yesterday there was such an attack,” he said.

Saqit deserted the Syrian Army in 2013 and left the country after being responsible for the scientific development of chemical-warfare weapons during the civil war. He refused to use chemical weapons against civilians, and replaced chemical munitions with harmless materials.

On the issue of Syrian cooperation with North Korea, Saqit confirmed that North Korea had indeed supplied Damascus with chemical weapons and assisted in their installation and operation against civilians. He also said that in his capacity as senior officer in the Syrian Army, he accompanied North Korean officers who came to advise on chemical weapons for the various units.

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