New Flickr Set: Hezbollah Weaponry and Tactics in Lebanon

Photos showing captured Hezbollah weaponry and tactics from 2004-2009 are now available on the IDF’s official Flickr account, as today the IDF marks five years since the Second Lebanon War broke out.

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The captured weapons further highlight Hezbollah’s connection to Iran, as an RPG launcher depicted in the album bears the insignia of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Iran not only supplies Hezbollah with the means to fight Israel, but it also trains Hezbollah forces as forces are flown to train in Iranian bases. Hezbollah is an immensely dangerous enemy: it is an active violator of human rights and will stop at nothing to destroy Israel.

On July 12, 2006, two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were kidnapped by Hezbollah, one of many terrorist acts committed by Hezbollah at that time, leading to the Second Lebanon War. The war came to an end following UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called for the disarmament of Hezbollah and the release of abducted IDF soldiers.

Since the war, Israel has fully withdrawn from southern Lebanon, which Hezbollah has taken advantage of in order to violate Resolution 1701, strengthen its grip on the Lebanese civilians of the area, and to instill intimidation in the minds of Israelis.

  • On September 3rd, 2010 Hezbollah operatives removed weapons from the site of an explosion in a weapons storage facility in southern Lebanon.
  • On July 14th, 2009 a building in southern Lebanon used by Hezbollah exploded, exposing vast amounts of munitions stored, thereby violating Resolution 1701.
  • Hezbollah uses the civilian village of al Khiam, and many more villages to store weapons, thus effectively turning it into a military base.

This album outlines the various techniques and weaponry that Hezbollah has employed against Israel. Hundreds of rockets, grenades and rifles which were captured by the IDF were to be used in guerrilla warfare tactics and constant rocket fire at Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers as Hezbollah did everything it could to inflict maximum damage on the state.

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