Hezbollah's Growing Arsenal

As U.S. News reported in December, Hezbollah in Lebanon has been busy rearming since its 34-day war with Israel in August 2006. The Associated Press reported today that Israel recently told the United Nations that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement designated a terrorist group by the United States, now has an arsenal that includes 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range rockets in southern Lebanon.

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As U.S. News reported in December, Hezbollah in Lebanon has been busy rearming since its 34-day war with Israel in August 2006. The Associated Press reported today that Israel recently told the United Nations that Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite movement designated a terrorist group by the United States, now has an arsenal that includes 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range rockets in southern Lebanon.

Israel's claim is in a report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon obtained by the AP. The report did not confirm Israel's claim, according to AP, but the U.N. chief reiterated his concern about Hezbollah's public statements and persistent reports pointing to breaches of a U.N. arms embargo, which forbids weapons transfers to the militant Islamic group. Ban reportedly also expressed concern at "the threats of open war against Israel" by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The secretary-general's report focused on implementation of the U.N. cease-fire resolution that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah in August 2006, according to AP. The resolution reiterates a call for disarming by all militias and forbids arms transfers to them.

"Reports of Hezbollah rearming are a cause of great concern, posing serious challenges to the sovereignty, stability, and independence of Lebanon," Ban reportedly said.