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Israeli Intel Chief Says Hizbullah, Hamas Gaining Strength as Iran, Syria Continue to Arm them

Israel’s military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin said Hizbullah has been stockpiling weapons inside civilian homes south of the Litani river adding however that Syria is the main arms cache.
“The organization continues to arm itself and it is amassing many weapons by (acquiring them from) Iran via Syria,” Yadlin told lawmakers Tuesday.

“It is accumulating these arms (and maintaining them) south of the Litani River, inside civilian homes, in contravention of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701,” he said.

The general also told the Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee that Syria continued to play a key role in arming both Hizbullah and Hamas.

“Syria has turned into the main factory and weapons cache for Hamas and Hizbullah,” Yadlin said.

Yadlin said also that Gaza militants have successfully tested an Iranian rocket able to reach metropolitan Tel Aviv.

The general said the rocket could fly 60 kilometers. That would put Israel’s largest urban center at risk.

“Underneath the surface, our enemies, led by Iran, are continuing to gain strength,” according to Yadlin. “Iran is financing these activities, training forces, and arming Hamas and Hizbullah.”

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