Hizbullah's armed wing has dramatically increased its rocket range and can now threaten most of Israel, senior Israeli defense officials said. The Lebanese group has acquired new Iranian rockets with a range of about 185 miles, the officials said Thursday. That means the Shiite group can hit anywhere in Israel and reach as far south as Dimona, where Israel's nuclear reactor is located.
According to the AP, the defense officials did not say how many of the new rockets Hizbullah has obtained. However, Israelis have said previously that overall, Hizbullah now has many more rockets in its arsenal than the 14,000 it had before the conflict in 2006. Earlier this month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported Israeli claims that Hizbullah's arsenal includes 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range rockets in southern Lebanon.