Israel Watches Anxiously as Iran Expands Military Influence in Syria, Lebanon

Sputnik News – July 11, 2017

A missile factory currently being built by Iran in Lebanon will be 50 meters below the ground and fortified against Israeli airstrikes, according to a report by the French media outlet Intelligence Online.

According to the report, the factory will comprise of two facilities. The first facility, located in Hermel, in the eastern part of the Beqaa Valley, will manufacture Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles, with a range of up to 300 kilometers. The missile is capable of carrying a 400 kg warhead.

The other facility will be located on the Lebanese coast between the cities of Tyre and Sidon. The facility will manufacture missile parts that will be delivered to other factories, according to the report.

These missile factories in Lebanon have been a headache for Israel. The Israeli newspaper YediotAhronot recently published a report, citing Education Minister Naftali Bennett. According to the minister, Israel is considering a preemptive strike on them since Israel sees them as a threat.