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According to a report by the the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has changed its operational assessment regarding the threat from Lebanon and is currently working under the assumption that Hezbollah has obtained sophisticated long-range surface-to-air missile systems from Syria.

The report added that according to Western intelligence assessments, Hezbollah is believed to have taken advantage of the ongoing upheaval in Syria to obtain advanced weapons systems, such as additional long-range rockets as well as Russian-made air-defense systems.

IDF , according to the report now assumes that Hezbollah has received the SA-8, a truck-mounted Russian tactical surface- to-air missile system reported to have a range of 30 kilometers.

The report added that in addition to the above Hezbollah is also believed to have received several dozen more M600 long-range missiles, as well as additional 302 mm. Khaibar-1 rockets, which have a range of about 100 kilometers.The M600s are reportedly manufactured in Syria as a clone of Iran’s Fateh- 110.

The Jerusalem Post reported last week that Israel is particularly concerned with the

possibility that Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons will fall into terrorist hands, amid predictions that President Bashar Assad’s regime will fall in the coming months.

The report claims that Syria has one of the most extensive chemical weapon arsenals in the world, including sarin, VX and mustard gas.

Jerusalem Post

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