Iran and Hizballah secretly established a factory for converting surface missiles to precision guidance near Nebi Shait, a village in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley, according to a detailed disclosure by the IDF on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The statement, which refutes Hassan Nasrallah’s denials, describes the factory has having a number of assembly lines which are operated by Iranian specialists especially imported for the purpose. The product produced in Lebanon is said to have achieved a high level of accuracy, estimated at no more than a 10-meter radius from the missile’s target.
The project is divided into sections, manufacturing, quality control, the production of explosive warheads and a logistic compound. DEBKAfile’s sources identify the missiles upgraded a Nebi Shait as Fatteh-110 and Zelzal 2
The IDF communique reveals that, since the incidents of recent weeks, culminating in the exchange of fire between Hizballah and Israel on Sunday, Iranian and Hizballah staff at the factory have begun dismantling the high-cost equipment for upgrading the missiles and distributing its components to various hiding places in the country, including Beirut.
Israel’s military communique coincided with a report released by US intelligence sources on Tuesday revealing a new and ominous Iranian foothold in Syria. The Revolutionary Guards are building their first substantial base, big enough to accommodate thousands of troops on a site between Abu Kamal and the Iraqi border.
The two disclosures taken together point to highly active coordination between the US and Israel in tracking Iran’s operations in Lebanon and Syria.