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According to a report published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Hezbollah has an arsenal of some 40,000 short and medium range rockets stored in towns and villages south of the Litani River, with many of the weapons stored in private houses.

Haaretz quoted Israel Defense Forces Colonel Ronen Merli as saying” Hezbollah also has hundreds of longer range M-600 rockets capable of striking major Israeli cities.”

According to Merli , “the weapons are operated by a force of some 20,000 armed Shi’a Muslim militants, around a third of which have undergone combat training in Iran, available for action at short notice.”

Merli said photographs show a unit of 90 Hezbollah militants operating in the village of Al-Khiyam, where they were storing weapons close to hospitals and schools.

“Hezbollah is establishing itself with increasing strength in the villages,” Merli said. “Every day they are engaged in digging, building and laying communications infrastructure to prepare themselves for war.”

Israel on on the other hand has been threatening Lebanon on a daily basis and has been continually violating Lebanese air space.

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