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Hezbollah would target Jerusalem: Israeli military

Two Hezbollah fighters stand near Katyusha rockets in the southern village of Ein Qana, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, file)

BEIRUT: Jerusalem would likely be targeted by Hezbollah in any future conflict with Israel, Israeli media citing military sources said Thursday.

The sources added that Hezbollah and the Syrian regime currently had high precision long-range missiles that could target key Israeli state institutions in the event of a conflict with Iran that draws in Hamas, Damascus and Hezbollah.

“As a result of the presence of missiles with high precision in the hands of Hezbollah and Syria, damage could be done to key targets in West Jerusalem in an upcoming war,” the media reports said.

The precision of the missiles means certain sites in the city could be avoided, the reports added.

According to the military sources, the latest U.S.-Israeli-German and U.K. military drill, “Austere Challenge 12,” involved simulations in which Jerusalem and other key cities in Israel and Palestinian territories would be targeted by missiles from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.

The joint exercises taking place this month are expected to test Israeli and American air defense systems. The reports also said that the U.S. has given to Israeli authorities MM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles to be deployed near the city.

Earlier this month, Hezbollah dispatched a reconnaissance drone over sensitive Israeli areas, including the nuclear reactor of Dimona, before it was shot down.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 26, 2012, on page 3.




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