The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa reported Thursday, Sept. 3, that chemical weapons were stored in the hidden Hizballah arms warehouse which blew up at Hirbet Salim near the Israeli border in mid-July. Of the 11 Hizballah operatives killed in the blast, 3 died of chemical poisoning. Hizballah denied any members had been killed or even that it maintains a weapons store in breach of UN resolutions.
DEBKAfile disclosed at the time that the Lebanese terrorists had lost five men and more were missing.
On July 21, we reported that the explosion heard on both sides of the border refuted Israeli military claims that the Lebanese border was secure and revealed that the destroyed arms dump was one of 35 Hizballah had lined up within 20 kilometers from the border. For this article, click HERE
European intelligence sources reported on Sept. 1, that Hizballah had recently boosted its military capabilities with a supply of chemical shells and short-range missiles with chemical warheads and was about to receive biological weapons as well. One source said that the Lebanese terrorist group is now one of the most sophisticated and best trained military forces in the Middle East, describing them as “bad guys with good strategic vision.”
The source quoted an Arab official as predicting that Hizballah is gearing up “for something big” and there is little doubt that Iran and Syria will be helping them to obtain biological and chemical weapons.
“You’re going to be reporting a lot on Hizballah in the future,” he said. “They already have people on the ground in Europe and elsewhere. They are just waiting for orders to act – they are not in a hurry.”
Those WMD have already been delivered, according to al Siyassa. DEBKAfile’s military sources add that deliveries began some time ago. In the 2006 war in which Israel fought Hizballah, chemical defense systems were discovered in the Lebanese group’s bunkers and observation posts.