Hezbollah-linked video threatens attacks on 9 Israeli nuclear, chemical sites
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Hezbollah-linked video threatens attacks on 9 Israeli nuclear, chemical sites

Propaganda clip includes pictures and details of the sensitive facilities

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

A still from a video threatening Hezbollah attacks on sensitive Israeli sites. (screen capture: alahednews.com)
A still from a video threatening Hezbollah attacks on sensitive Israeli sites. (screen capture: alahednews.com)

A propaganda video released by an outlet affiliated with the Hezbollah terror group threatens missile strikes on nine highly sensitive chemical and nuclear sites in Israel.

The video published by the al-Ahed news website comes on the heels of increased saber-rattling by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatening to strike Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona and an ammonia storage tank in the northern city of Haifa.

The video, published on February 22, not only lists the nine sites and shows satellite images of the locations, but in some instances adds information such as how many people work there, how many buildings it’s comprised of and what dangerous materials are being handled in it.

The video begins with what appears to be Russian S-300 missiles being fired and striking the Dimona nuclear reactor and the sound of alarms.

Screen capture of Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah during an interview with Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, February 20, 2017. (screen capture: IRANIANTVCHANNEL/YouTube)
Screen capture of Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah during an interview with Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, February 20, 2017. (screen capture: IRANIANTVCHANNEL/YouTube)

The video also lists other sites, including the Nahal Sorek desalination plant in central Israel, and the Kishon chemical plant located near Haifa.

Other locations included are nuclear weapons research sites for the Israeli arms developer Raphael, and sites where the Israeli military is allegedly storing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

While Israeli believes Hezbollah has a large weapons arsenal, with rockets that can strike much of the country, the terror group is not known to posses S-300 missiles. Several Israeli airstrikes in Syria have reportedly been carried out to thwart transfers of advanced weapons to the group.

Earlier this week, a court ruled that an ammonia storage tank in Haifa must be emptied out and moved, partially in response to a report that found a missile strike on the site could kill tens of thousands of people.

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