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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Hezbullah using TV broadcasts to aim rockets

Hezbullah has been monitoring Israeli and international television broadcasts of rocket landings and has used the broadcasts the past few weeks to more accurately target installations in Israel, a senior terror leader told WorldNetDaily.
Israeli television and international news outlets such as Fox News, BBC, CNN and SkyNews have been regularly broadcasting, many times live, from the aftermath of Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel.

"Of course the constant stream of television news is helpful for Hezbollah to know whether they hit targets and the location of strategic facilities. A whole department of Hezbollah [in part] monitors this footage," said Abu Oudai, who is a chief of the ['moderate Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's Fatah's CiJ] Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group's rocket infrastructure in the West Bank.


Israel says senior Brigades leaders, particularly the group's cell in Nablus in the northern West Bank, coordinate their attacks with Hezbollah and receive funding from Iran and Syria funneled through Hezbollah channels. Several Brigades leaders have spoken openly to WorldNetDaily about their group's affiliation with Hezbollah.


While Hezbollah projectiles lack guidance systems, the rockets are launched from specific areas in Lebanon using a rocket's known trajectory and travel distance to score hits on particular Israeli sites.

Israeli security officials say they have been surprised by the accuracy of Hezbollah's rocket attacks. Several Katyushas have scored direct hits on Israeli military installations and other strategic facilities. Last weekend, 12 Israeli soldiers were killed and another 12 were wounded by a Hezbollah rocket attack on a military post at Kfar Giladi in the Upper Galilee.

Abu Oudai, an Al Aqsa rocket chief, told WorldNetDaily that Hezbollah has a "communications department" of hundreds of "officers" who monitor the media, Israeli society and military movements and transmissions.

He said the department consists of both civilian and military monitoring. The military section attempts to eavesdrop on Israeli military installations and communications. He said the civilian section, among other things, translates the speeches of Israeli leaders and monitors the Israeli and international media.

"Of course Hezbollah uses some of the television footage to help look at Israeli facilities and get better aim," Abu Oudai said. "Especially the Israeli news, which covers the rocket attacks so extensively and broadcasts from the scenes all day."

Abu Oudai admitted if news outlets regularly broadcast footage from the scenes of his group's firing of Palestinian Qassam rockets into Israel "it would be very helpful to us also."


During it's military campaign in Lebanon, the Israeli Defense Forces has found several high-tech Hezbollah communications facilities, many in underground bunkers along the Israeli-Lebanese border. In Bint Jbail, a Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon, Israeli troops entered a Hezbollah bunker in which they found war rooms with advanced eavesdropping and surveillance equipment reportedly made by Iran.

Abu Oudai said Hezbollah doesn't rely on television footage for information on Israeli targets and rocket attacks.

"It is nice that Hezbollah can watch the news but they don't need it at all. Hezbollah has tens of agents in Israel that provide it with the information it needs. Much better information than they can get from any television news," Abu Oudai said.


He said after rocket attacks, Hezbollah agents send the terror group information on hits and misses.

Israeli intelligence officials tell WND they are "very aware" of a possible Hezbollah spy network currently inside Israel and have been working to crack it.
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At 10:00 PM, Blogger Andy said...

I note that Kfar Giladi is now a military post, so that Hizb'allah can claim to have hit one.


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