Reports claim the terrorist organization may have as many as 8 anti-ship missiles; Reports come following Nasrallah’s threat on nuclear reactor
Hezbollah has reportedly obtained several Yakhont missiles, reports claiming as many as eight.
Reports released Sunday cited Western intelligence sources claiming that the terrorist organization was able to smuggle the missiles into Lebanon, the timing of the smuggling unknown.
The Yakhont, or P-800 Onyx missile, is Russian anti-cruise missile. It is capable of reaching over 300 kilometers and can carry warheads weighing over 200 kilograms. The missile is most dangerous as it can travel just meters above water and is difficult to detect or intercept.
If reports are true, this poses a threat to Israel, mainly its natural gas fields and navy.
In January of 2014, reports surfaced that Hezbollah was smuggling the advanced guided missile system from Syria in pieces to avoid Israel’s detection. Following investigation, the IDF and Israel’s Defense Ministry confirmed that Hezbollah did not have the weapons.
The reports come just days after Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah claimed its terrorist organization has missiles that could reach Israel’s nuclear reactor in southern Israel (Dimona). Nasrallah warned “I call upon Israel not only to evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle Dimona nuclear facility. The Israeli nuclear weapon that represents a threat to the entire region, we will turn it into a threat to Israel.”