Israel: Hezbollah has deployed Yakhont missile with 300km reach
Newscast Media TEL AVIV—Israeli navy officers said Hezbollah has already deployed
the Russian cruise missile, Yakhont, with a range of 300 kilometers and capable of
striking Israel’s entire Mediterranean coast, World Tribune reported.
“We assume that advanced Yakhont missiles have also reached the hands of
Hezbollah, and we are preparing for that,” Rear Adm. Eli Sharvit, commander of the
naval base in Haifa, said.
The Israeli officers said Hezbollah deployed Yakhont in 2013 about a year after the
Syrian Navy received the P-800. They said repeated Israeli efforts to block the
delivery of the weapon from Syria to Lebanon were partially successful.
“Hezbollah is a highly functional organization, active in its sector,” Sharvit told a
briefing on Feb. 25. “It continues to arm itself with strategic weapons, and has not
stopped trying to get its hands on weapons that will influence [future warfare].”
The officers said the navy was being trained and equipped to foil the Hezbollah or
Syrian missile threat against Israel. They said Hezbollah could use Yakhont to attack
Israel’s new natural gas facilities in the eastern Mediterranean.
Source: Al Manar TV news