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Iranian soldiers firing
Katyushas into Israel
Posted By Aaron Klein On 07/15/2006 @ 3:25 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
HAIFA, Israel — Iranian Revolutionary Guard Units reportedly stationed in Lebanon fired many of the Hezbollah missiles that have slammed into the Jewish state the past few days, multiple sources told WorldNetDaily.
Over 150 Katyusha rockets have bombarded northern Israeli towns since Israel started retaliating inside Lebanon this past Wednesday following a Hezbollah raid in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and three soldiers were killed.
The major port city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest population center, was struck Thursday night, marking the furthest a Hezbollah rocket ever traveled inside Israel and placing over 2 million residents toward the north of the country within rocket range.
Israeli security officials told WND today they have “concrete information” Iranian soldiers stationed at Hezbollah positions in Lebanon have aided in efforts to fire missiles into Israel since Wednesday.
Jordanian officials told WND they are “100 percent sure” Iranian Revolutionary Guard unit soldiers have fired rockets into Israel. They also said the Syrian army has provided Hezbollah with intelligence information on the locations of strategic Israeli targets to aid in Hezbollah rocket fire.
A Ba’ath party official operating out of the Golan Heights told WND he has information Iranian soldiers have been firing rockets into Israel.
A senior Egyptian security official told WND it would be “very logical” if Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers have been helping Hezbollah fire the rockets.
Israel has long maintained Iranian Revolutionary Guard units have traveled regularly to south Lebanon to help train local Hezbollah fighters in terrorist tactics and to fortify Hezbollah positions along Israel’s northern border.
At times, Revolutionary Guard soldiers can be seen operating openly at Hezbollah outposts in plain view from the Israeli side, military officials say.
Iran and Syria are the largest financial sponsors of Hezbollah. Israel says many Hezbollah rockets were made in or upgraded by Iran.
Hezbollah today launched dozens of rockets into northern Israeli cities, including several into the city of Tiberias.
Hundreds of rockets have been fired the past three days into Israeli towns near the Lebanese border. Carmiel, Hatzor Haglilit, Peki’in, Safed, Nahariya, and Moshav Ben-Ami in the western Galilee have been hit. Four Israelis died in the rocket fire. Dozens have been wounded.
A rocket slammed into Haifa Thursday, prompting the Israeli Defense Forces today to deploy Patriot missile batteries in the city, the first time the batteries have been deployed in Israel since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
The missile defense system cannot destroy Katyusha rockets but could protect against surface-to-surface missiles, such as those possessed by Syria.
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