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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hezbollah: Raad-2 and Raad-3 have become strategic missiles

Tactical Report: Israel and Hezbollah continue their fierce showdown for the sixth day running, with Israel imposing a sea and air blockade on Lebanon.

The Israeli Artillery, Navy and Air Force keep on bombarding almost all Lebanese areas, including notably all Shiite-populated areas. For its part, Hezbollah keeps shelling Israel from its northern border until Haifa with its Katyusha rockets and Raad-2 and Raad-3 missiles.

The Israelis say they warned that they will attack the Lebanese power grid if Hezbollah attacks Haifa petrochemical plants.

Hezbollah sources say this suggest that Raad-2 and Raad-3 missiles have now created a new balance of terror and become strategic missiles, since both can cause harm to the Israeli strategic economic interests.

In the past, the Israelis were attacking the Lebanese power grid without having to worry about how Lebanon will retaliate. Today, they look to be counting to ten before doing so.

These sources add Hezbollah has so far avoided attacking the petrochemical, industrial and gas plants in Haifa, but it will do if need be. These sources show confidence in saying that Raad-2 and Raad-3 missiles can now hit all the Israeli naval bases along the Haifa coast as well as the US naval base there.

They confirm that all Raad-2 and Raad-3 launch pads are still safe and that Hezbollah has enough stock of these missiles to keep Haifa and other Israeli cities under fire for a long time.

Raad-2 missile is similar to the Iranian version of the 240mm Fajr-3 missile. Its range is 43km, while its warhead weighs around 100kg.

Raad -3 missile is similar to the Iranian version of the 240mm Fajr-5 missile. Its range is 75km, while its warhead weighs around 175kg.

Hezbollah can fit out these two missiles with extra explosives to increase its destructive power.
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