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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
MEMRI: Kuwaiti Daily: Missile, Arms Factories Built By IRGC In Lebanon

[Dr. Aaron Lerner- IMRA: While Israel can take action to stop weapons from
reaching Hizbullah from Syria, under "quiet for quiet" Israel won't do
anything to stop the manufacturing of the same weapons inside Lebanon by
Hizbullah.]
MEMRI: March 14, 2017 Special Dispatch No.6828
Kuwaiti Daily: Missile, Arms Factories Built By IRGC In Lebanon Have
Recently Been Handed Over To Hizbullah
https://www.memri.org/reports/kuwaiti-daily-missile-arms-factories-built-irgc-lebanon-have-recently-been-handed-over\

The Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida reported on March 11, 2017, citing an aid to
Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps
(IRGC), that Iran established facilities for manufacturing missiles and
other weapons in Lebanon and has recently handed them over to the management
and oversight of Hizbullah. According to the daily's source, the facilities
are more than 50 meters underground and heavily shielded against aerial
attacks. He also clarified that various parts of the missiles are
manufactured in different factories and then assembled together.

The following is a translation of the report:[1]

The Al-Jarida report

With Iran facing growing pressures from the Donald Trump administration and
the Israeli government under Binyamin Netanyahu, an aid to the IRGC
commander told Al-Jarida that Iran has built factories [for manufacturing]
missiles and [other] weapons in Lebanon and has recently turned them over to
Hizbullah. In response to statements by Iranian Defense Minister Hossein
Dehghan several days ago – who said that Hizbullah is capable of
manufacturing missiles [that can] hit any part of Israel [but] gave no
details or explanations – a knowledgeable source who wished to remain
anonymous said that, after Israel destroyed an Iranian arms factory in Sudan
several years ago that had supplied arms to Hizbullah, and after [Israel
also] bombed an arms convoy that was intended to reach Hizbullah via Syria,
the IRGC launched a project for establishing arms factories in Lebanon
[itself]. [The source] also claimed that a special department has been
established at the IRGC's Imam Hossein University [in Tehran] to train
Lebanese and other experts, and that hundreds of experts have already been
trained.

"According to the source, the factories are more than 50 meters underground,
and above them are several layers of shielding so that Israeli planes cannot
hit them. Moreover, manufacture of the missiles does not take place in one
factory; different parts are built in different factories and then assembled
together. He added that the transfer of the factories to Hizbullah's
[management] was gradual but that they have been under full Hizbullah
management and oversight for three months now.

"The source stressed that Hizbullah is able to manufacture several kinds of
missiles, some with a range of over 500 km, including surface-to-surface and
surface-to-sea missiles; torpedoes launched from light high-speed boats; spy
drones and [attack] drones armed with weapons and rockets; anti-tank
missiles, and fast armored boats. He clarified that weapons produced in
these plants have been used in the Syria war and were proved to be
effective. Anti-tank missiles managed to destroy car bombs that targeted
Hizbullah fighters. He [also] noted that Hizbullah manufactures cannon,
machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, mortars, and various [other] missiles and
bullets, especially armor-piercing ones..."

[1] Al-Jarida (Kuwait), March 11, 2017.
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