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Israel touts new weapon against Hezbollah

April 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

JERUSALEM, April 16 (UPI) -- The Israeli military acquired new artillery shells that it says can target Hezbollah militants hiding in civilian infrastructure.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Israeli forces are set to acquire a new 120-millimeter artillery shell that has the ability to penetrate civilian infrastructure.

"Such a capability is believed to be crucial for the (Israeli military) as it faces future conflicts with Hezbollah and Hamas, both terrorist groups which embed themselves within civilian infrastructure, according to the military," the report states.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 secured a cease-fire in a 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. The measure calls on Hezbollah to disarm while reminding Israel of its obligation to respect Lebanon's sovereignty.

Israel maintains a defensive posture given the presence of Hezbollah along Lebanon's southern border. Beirut has complained repeatedly to the United Nations that the Israeli military was violating its airspace with frequent overflights.

In February, three people were sentenced to death by a military court in Lebanon for allegedly spying on Hezbollah for the Israelis.

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