November 12, 2006

Britain confirms Iran, Syria continue to arm Hizballah

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett revealed during a discussion in the British Parliament that Iran is continuing to transfer weapons, money, and manpower from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Hizballah in Lebanon. During the month-long war, which began on July 12, Hezbollah fired 200 to250 rockets a day into Israel, killing 43 civilians and terrorising much ofthe north of the country. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has confirmed the Israeliestimate. In a recent interview with al-Manar, the Hezbollah televisionstation, he claimed his organisation had restocked its arsenal and now heldat least 30,000 rockets, sufficient for five months of war.

Israeli military intelligence has warned the government that renewed fighting with Hezbollah, which it regards as a terrorist organisation, should be expected as early as next spring.