In the event of another war between Hezbollah and Israel, the terror group will know exactly which places to avoid – but finding a spot that will not be targeted by the IDF is likely to be difficult. In a social media post, the IDF published its target map of south Lebanon – specific sites that would be targeted by ground troops or aerial attacks.
The map was not “leaked,” but was published on the official IDF social media channel, and has been shown at the U.N. by Israeli U.N. ambassador Danny Danon. The declassified map lists over 10,000 targets that Israel says provide infrastructure, assistance, cover, protection and other resources for Hezbollah terrorists. Among the infrastructure are 85 civilian villages – where location of terror forces, the IDF said, constitutes a war crime on Hezbollah’s part – as well as thousands of underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities, rocket launchers, command posts and more.
The data is based on intelligence gathered by Israel since the Second Lebanon War, the IDF said. The army’s purpose in publicizing the map is not to show off its knowledge of Hezbollah’s capabilities, but to show how the terror group has embedded itself in the civilian life of south Lebanese villagers and farmers.
In recent days, reports said that Israel has stepped up its attacks on weapons shipments from Syria to Lebanon, where Hezbollah takes possession of them. Earlier Wednesday, foreign reports said that a military base in Damascus where weapons are stored was attacked, with Hezbollah accusing Israel of carrying out the attack. Last week, Israeli planes were said to have destroyed a convoy of trucks headed from Damascus to Beirut, also presumably carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon for the benefit of Hezbollah. The IDF had no comment on either attack.