Kuwaiti Daily: Hizbullah Received Advanced Weapons For Executing Naval Attacks, Including Boats And "Suicide Submarines"   

June 19, 2022

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On June 16, 2022, the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida daily reported that according to a "senior source" in the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), despite the increase in attacks on Hizbullah and Iranian targets in Syria, which are attributed to Israel, during the previous two weeks Hizbullah received "large shipments of advanced missiles," including shoulder launched surface to sea missiles and surface to air missiles, as well as additional missiles mounted on missile batteries whose range is greater than 100 kilometers. Furthermore, the source says that Hizbullah received air to sea missiles which can be launched from drones, as well as suicide drones. The source notes that these missiles can hit submarines. It also states that for the first time, Iran has also sent Hizbullah "remote-controlled suicide boats and submarines," which it has recently developed, as well as torpedo missiles.

The daily states that the source also maintains that the Qods Force has changed its strategy for transporting weapons to Lebanon, and that Israel mostly bombs shipments of old weapons sent to deliberately mislead it, while the advanced weapons are shipped via more secure channels.

The same source rules out any connection between a decision made in Lebanon regarding an escalation in the situation, and Iran and the breakdown in the nuclear talks in Vienna. It claims that every military decision in Lebanon is a decision made "by the Lebanese and by Hizbullah." It further contends that there is a segment within Hizbullah that believes that the time has come to confront Israel regarding the offshore natural gas field, so as to create an equation which won't allow Israel to produce gas if Lebanon cannot do the same.[1]

The report was published against the backdrop of the escalation in threats made by Hizbullah in the first half of June that it will attack Israel's gas rigs, especially following the arrival of the rig at the Karish gas field, while Hizbullah contends that Israel doesn't have the rights to it. Hassan Nasrallah, the organization's secretary general, has asserted that no defense measures that Israel has brought to the area are capable of protecting the rig or its activity and warned that the consequences of the confrontation for Israel "will not be just of strategic scope for this plundering, temporary entity. The consequences will affect its very existence." Nasrallah has warned the Greek company which operates the rig that it will bear, "full responsibility for whatever happens to this boat and its crew."[2]


The Al-Jarida article reporting that Hizbullah has received shipments of "advanced missiles" from Iran

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