Israel: Hezbollah hiding arms among civilians


Hezbollah is hiding rockets in southern Lebanon among civilians to avoid detection by Israel and U.N. troops, the Israeli army said.

Following last summer’s war in which Hezbollah fired Katyusha missiles at Israeli cities mostly from rural areas in southern Lebanon, the Shi’ite militia has moved more of its growing arsenal of weaponry into populated civilian areas to avoid detection, Israel Defense Forces officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

UNIFIL, the international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon that was expanded to some 13,000 troops as part of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended the war, is entrusted with ensuring that Hezbollah does not rearm. Yasmina Bouziane, a UNIFIL spokesperson in Lebanon, declined to comment on the Israeli claims.

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