Hezbollah uses Germany; S-300 air defense systems goes on combat duty; Southern Libya air attack
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Report: Hezbollah uses Germany as operational hub for sponsoring terror
Hezbollah is using Germany as a major hub for its activities in Europe, Tagesspiegel newspaper reported Friday, citing security sources.
The German news outlet said that Hezbollah’s operations in Europe included drug trafficking, with the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg serving as key entry points in the EU.
The group also allegedly engages in money laundering, recruitment and fundraising, the newspaper says, with the revenues directed to Lebanon to fund attacks and arms procurement.
Overall, some 1050 Hezbollah members and supporters are known to reside in Germany, the report says, with around 250 of them living in Berlin.
About 30 mosques and cultural centers in the country are known to have ties with the group, it adds.
While Hezbollah’s military wing is banned in Germany as a terrorist organization, a complete ban on the group, a player in Lebanon’s parliament is now only under consideration.
Some reports suggest, however, that the ban could be rolled out as early as this week.
This comes as the group is facing off with the protesters in Lebanon, on the home soil, where Hezbollah activists attacked peaceful demonstrators.
Battalion of upgraded S-300 air defense systems goes on combat alert in Russia’s southwest
A battalion of S-300PM2 surface-to-air missile systems has gone on combat alert in the Voronezh Region in Russia’s southwest, the press office of the Western Military District reported on Monday.
“The combat teams of S-300PM2 ‘Favorit’ mobile anti-aircraft missile systems from an air defense missile regiment of the Leningrad Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Western Military District have assumed combat duty,” the press office said in a statement.
Under Russia’s program of rearmament with upgraded types of military hardware, the air defense missile regiment received S-300PM2 systems with enhanced combat capabilities after their modernization at the producer factory. Thus, the system has increased its range of striking aerodynamic targets to 200 km and ballistic weapons to 40 km and the altitude of hitting adversary targets to 30 km.
Mostly children and women among dead in southern Libya air attack
At least 16 people, mostly children, have been killed in two air attacks within 72 hours in southern Libya, officials said, as the United Nations-recognised government blamed forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar for the attack.
The Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, said at least five children were killed and 10 others wounded on Sunday during an air raid in al-Swani, a residential area south of Tripoli.
The deaths came shortly after nine children and two women were killed in drone attacks in the southern town of Murzuq.
“These actions are tantamount to war crimes,” the interior ministry of the GNA said in a statement on Monday.
It called on the international community to “assume its responsibility towards [halting] these criminal acts that target and terrorise civilians”.
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Source: Ynet, TASS, Al Jazeera