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Report: Hezbollah has chemical warheads

Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM   |   Comments

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Hezbollah has long-range missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads that are stored in underground sites in Lebanon, a Lebanese lawmaker said.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards supervised the construction of underground bunkers and other sites used to store the missiles, Lebanese Member of Parliament Khaled Daher told the Saudi Arabia newspaper al-Watan Saturday.

Daher, a member of the Lebanese Future Movement party that opposes Hezbollah, said that is why Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel "will face what you have not seen before." Daher said the missiles are capable of reaching Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.

The missiles are stored in a number of locations in the country, he said.

"There are restricted areas no one can approach or enter, this indicates the seriousness of the contents of those sites , which are certain to be long-range missile bases," he said.

The Lebanese politician said SyrianPresident Bashar Assad is responsible for sending the missiles and chemicals to Hezbollah. Daher said Assad transferred some of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to "its most prominent ally in the region (Hezbollah) ... in an attempt to retain as much of the chemical weapons arsenal as possible."

The missiles are "a threat to stability in the region... they serve the Iranians... and this led us more than once to request the international community put the (Hezbollah) party sites under its control," Daher told the newspaper.

Daher called on the international community to take similar steps against Hezbollah as it is doing in Syria, and put Hezbollah's stockpile of chemical weapons under international scrutiny.

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