Intelligence Maps of Hezbollah Bases in Southern Lebanon
(July 7, 2010)
On July 7, 2010, the IDF released images of declassified intelligence maps that show how Hezbollah, in the four years following the Second Lebanon War, has turned over 100 villages in South Lebanon into military bases. The maps show Hezbollah weapons stores near schools, hospitals, and residential buildings in the village of al-Khiam, which was used as a rocket launching site in the 2006 war. Hezbollah follows similar tactics in villages across southern Lebanon, essentially using the residents as human shields, in gross violation of UN Resolution 1701.
The IDF believes Hezbollah has an arsenal of some 40,000 short and medium range rockets stored in towns and villages south of the Litani River. The radical Shi'a Muslim militant group also has hundreds of longer range M-600 rockets capable of striking major Israeli cities. The weapons are operated by a force of some 20,000 armed militants, around a third of which have undergone combat training in Iran, available for action at short notice. According to IDF Colonel Ronen Marley, each Shi'a Muslim village has a detachment of between 30 and 200 fighters, whose task would be to hold off the advance of enemy troops into built-up areas in the event of an Israeli invasion.