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Hezbollah Stockpiles Cache of Chemical Weapons

November 21, 2022

by: Ilse Strauss

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Monday, 21 November 2022 | Nearly two weeks ago, hundreds of Iranian missiles armed with the lethal chemical thionyl chloride arrived at a warehouse in Al Qusayr, a city nestled in the mountains of western Syria with a bird’s eye view of the Lebanese border a mere 15 kilometers (9.3 mi.) southeast, the Saudi news channel Al-Hadath reported on Sunday.

The deadly horde—including 110 Fajr and over 300 Fateh missiles, all equipped with chemical warheads—was apparently transferred there from the infamous Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, commonly known as CERS, in Masyaf under the supervision of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Unit 2250, the report said.

The recipient of the cache of death? Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese terror army perched within easy striking distance on Israel’s northern border.

According to Al-Hadath, Hezbollah has Iran and North Korea to thank for its new arms. Tehran manufactures both the Fajr and the Fateh missiles. The report further claims that North Korean experts traveled to CERS in Syria specifically to upgrade the missiles’ capacity to maim and kill by arming them with chemical warheads—all under the watchful eye of an Iranian chemical weapons expert.

The missiles won’t be in Al Qusayr for long either. Plans are reportedly in place to move the arsenal to the Bint Jbeil area in southern Lebanon, a scant 5 kilometers (3 mi.) from the Israeli border.

Israel is well aware of the threat. In April, Al-Hadath reported on “Project 99,” a joint endeavor by the IRGC’s Quds Force and Hezbollah to develop ballistic missiles, chemical weapons and drones—in Masyaf, Syria.

Five months later in September, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz identified ten locations in Syria where Iran has set up military facilities to produce advanced weapons for its proxies in the region, including Hezbollah.

As an example, Gantz pointed to CERS. “Iran transformed CERS into production facilities for mid and long-range, precise missiles and weapons, provided to Hezbollah and Iranian proxies. In other words, it became yet another Iranian front—a factory for advanced, strategic weapons,” Gantz said.

And now, two months later, it seems that hundreds of these advanced missiles are making their way via the Syrian border to southern Lebanon and Israel’s backyard.

Israel has not sat idly by though. The military and political brass in Jerusalem has admitted openly that Israel has conducted hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria—reportedly including CERS in August and last year—to prevent game-changing weapons from falling into Hezbollah’s open hands.

The latest such strikes allegedly came on Saturday morning, with attacks attributed to Jerusalem targeting Iran-linked weapons caches in among others the Masyaf area where CERS is located.

Posted on November 21, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 21, 2022)

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