Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel hits Hezbollah HQ, Hezbollah attacks Israeli ship with unmanned drone

This, from the AP, pretty much sums up what happened today in the Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah pre-war (it's not yet a full-scale war):

Hezbollah rammed an Israeli warship with an unmanned aircraft rigged with explosives Friday, setting it ablaze after Israeli warplanes smashed Lebanon's links to the world one by one and destroyed the headquarters of the Islamic guerrilla group's leader.

CNN has more here.

And here's what Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, had to say: "You wanted an open war, you will have an open war. You don't know who you are fighting today. You are fighting the children of Mohammed, ali Hassan and Hussein. You chose the war to fight against people who believe in their pride." And: "We are ready for it -- war, war on every level."

Fine, but I'm not sure it's wise to underestimate Israel. This is a country that knows how to defend itself, after all.

See also Haaretz:

Hezbollah has never before used a remote-controlled unmanned aircraft to attack Israel. But in a signal of its growing capabilities, the guerrilla group has twice managed to fly spy drones over northern Israel in recent years. The drones caused great concern in Israel because they evaded the country's air defenses.

Hezbollah has "vowed to strike Israeli targets south of Haifa, after the attack left the group's headquarters in Beirut in ruins." Nasrallah was unharmed, according to a statement from Hezbollah: "Hezbollah's secretary-general, family and bodyguards are safe and sound."

Needless to say, stay tuned.

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