Barak: Hizbullah is stronger than in 2006
Israel on Monday acknowledged that Hizbullah has grown three times stronger compared to the 2006 summer war in Lebanon. At a Knesset (parliament) session on Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern over Hizbullah military power, saying the Shiite movement boasts 42,000 missiles which could easily target the southern cities of Ashkelon, Beersheba and Dimona.
"Hizbullah has three times the ability it had before the Second Lebanon War and now has 42,000 missiles in its possession, as opposed to the 14,000 it had before the war," Barak was quoted as saying.
The Israeli minister has also accused the Lebanese movement of violating the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1701 which put an end to the second Israeli war against Lebanon.
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