And into more populated areas. Moral outrage from Muslim countries? Anybody? “IDF: Hizbullah moving rockets south,” from the Associated Press:
Hizbullah guerrillas have moved most of their rockets in south Lebanon among civilians in villages in an apparent attempt to avoid detection by Israel and UN troops, IDF officials said Sunday.
The new moves are part of Hizbullah’s reorganization after the Second Lebanon
War, the officials said. During the summer’s war, Hizbullah fired almost 4,000 rockets at Israel.
While Lebanon criticized the IDF for targeting civilian areas during the war, Israel said Hizbullah was to blame for operating among civilians and putting them at risk.
Last summer, many of Hizbullah’s rocket batteries were located in unpopulated
rural areas, where the guerrillas dug networks of tunnels and fortifications, the officials said. But the army’s new intelligence indicates that those positions had now largely been abandoned in favor of populated villages, which provide better cover for the group’s activities. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
The officials said Hizbullah’s postwar efforts also included the construction of new fortifications north of the Litani River, farther from the Israeli border and out of UNIFIL’s jurisdiction.