Hezbollah has constructed a small military airport in the Bekaa Valley for transporting weapons between Syria and Lebanon, according to Lebanese officials.
Housed at the base are 14 unmanned drones (Mirsad-1 and -2 types), Israeli daily Maariv reported, citing Qatar-based daily Al-Watan. Hezbollah also reportedly dug tunnels around the base under the supervision of Iran.
Hezbollah has been embroiled in the Syrian civil war for over a year fighting on the side of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its fighters have been instrumental in the relative turnaround of the regime’s fortunes in the past several months.
However, the terror organization’s involvement has come at a price, as it lost hundreds of men in the fighting and has seen the war spill over into Lebanon.
In February, two suicide bombers blew up their cars trying to hit an Iranian cultural center in a Shiite district in southern Beirut, killing at least four people and wounding more than a hundred. An al-Qaeda linked group claimed responsibility.
Hezbollah has also drawn the ire of Israel on numerous occasions, in particular for attempting to receive weapons transfers from Syria.
Israel has been bracing for a possible Hezbollah attack since the Lebanese Shi’ite terror group said last Wednesday that it had been hit by Israeli planes near the Syrian border earlier in the week.
The organization’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah, warned key military personnel of the possibility of war with the Jewish state, a Lebanese journalist with close ties to Hezbollah said last week.
The Associated Press and AFP contributed to this report.