As reported by Reuters, Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, is alleged to be in possession of self-guided P-800 Onyx missiles of Russian origin, boasting a range of 300 km. These missiles are purportedly acquired during the Syrian conflict while supporting President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
Despite the absence of official confirmation from Hezbollah about possessing such weaponry, sources within the US administration claim a significant expansion of the group's arsenal since 2006. In addition to the Russian missiles, reports suggest that Hezbollah maintains other sophisticated weaponry, a detail underscored by one of the sources.
The gravity of this situation has prompted the Pentagon to take the matter seriously, ensuring that the US fleet in the region is equipped with anti-missile defenses.
In addition to the Russian rocket, the group has other powerful rockets and weapons
Hezbollah's leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, made headlines in early November with a video message referencing the presence of US warships in the Eastern Mediterranean amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Nasrallah explicitly conveyed the group's preparedness to confront the American fleet, specifically mentioning the deployment of Russian missiles. Lebanese sources have corroborated that Nasrallah indeed referred to the possession of Russian missiles.
The potential utilization of Russian missiles by Hezbollah against the US fleet, as outlined by sources, raises concerns of an escalation, characterizing the conflict as a "big war" in the region. While Hezbollah has refrained from direct military engagement in the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, Nasrallah asserted that all options remain on the table.
He emphasized the magnitude of Hezbollah's attacks on Israeli territory, considering them substantial but insufficient. Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, responded, stating the Kremlin lacks information on Hezbollah's possession of Russian missiles.
The situation remains dynamic, with ongoing geopolitical tensions and the potential for further escalation casting a concerning shadow over the region. The ambiguity surrounding Hezbollah's arsenal contributes to the uncertainty and underscores the delicate nature of the current geopolitical landscape in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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