Hezbollah Acquires Powerful Russian Anti-Ship Missiles, Threatens US Warships
In a recent development, sources familiar with Hezbollah’s arsenal have confirmed that the militant group has acquired powerful Russian anti-ship missiles. This revelation has raised concerns about the group’s capabilities and its potential threat to US warships in the region.
One of the missiles mentioned is the Russian-made Yakhont missile, which boasts an impressive range of 300 kilometers. This acquisition gives Hezbollah the means to carry out the threats made by its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, against American vessels in the area. Nasrallah had previously warned that the group had “something in store” for the US warships deployed to the region due to the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Hezbollah’s anti-ship missile capabilities have significantly developed since 2006 when the group successfully hit an Israeli warship in the Mediterranean. This incident served as a wake-up call, prompting the US to seriously consider the group’s potential threat. As a result, naval forces have been deployed to the Mediterranean with robust defenses against incoming missiles.
Nasrallah has emphasized that preventing a regional war depends on halting the Israeli assault on Palestine. His statement further underscores the escalating tensions in the region, with Hezbollah positioning itself as a formidable force against perceived aggression.
While Moscow has denied any confirmation or information regarding Hezbollah’s acquisition of the Yakhont missiles, sources suggest that these weapons may have been obtained from Syria during the civil war. Hezbollah has long kept its arsenal and sourcing methods shrouded in secrecy, making it difficult to verify the exact origin of its weaponry.
The acquisition of powerful anti-ship missiles significantly enhances Hezbollah’s military capabilities and poses a clear threat to US warships in the region. The US is taking this threat seriously, deploying naval power and bolstering defenses against potential missile attacks. The situation in the region remains tense, and the international community watches closely for any further developments.