JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces released maps and other intelligence information on Wednesday confirming Hezbollah's stockpiling of weaponry in southern Lebanon.
The declassification of military intelligence information comes on the fourth anniversary of the Second Lebanon War between Israel and the Lebanese-based Iranian proxy.
In the ensuing four years, Hezbollah has amassed 40,000 short-, medium- and long-range missiles - supplied by Iran and Syria - and has deployed an estimated 20,000 armed insurgents in south of Lebanon's Litani River.
Using the same strategy as Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the weapons have been stored in residential neighborhoods. In the event of war, the IDF would appear to be targeting civilian areas.
In addition to its weapons' cache, Hezbollah has built a series of underground tunnels, bunkers and control centers from which to conduct its operations. Terror cells varying from 30 to 200 trained fighters live in each of the villages.
According to the IDF report, a typical example is the village of Khaim, about 10 miles north of the Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona.
With a population of 23,000, the village has a least 10 weapons storage facilities, some adjacent to schools and the town's medical facility.
"Hezbollah is hunkering down in the villages," IDF Col. Ronen Marley said. "They're gathering significant quantities of intelligence on our forces. Every day they are busy digging tunnels and building up communication infrastructure to prepare for war," he said.
In the past few months, Israeli farmers near the border have seen Hezbollah fighters monitoring Israel from high atop reconnaissance towers.
The farmers have overheard some of them speaking Iran's Farsi language. These men likely report to Hossein Mahdavi, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Lebanon Corps, headquartered in Beirut.
In addition to the reported long-range SCUD missiles delivered by Syria, which can target nearly any city in Israel, Hezbollah has thousands of missiles Syrian- and Iranian-made missiles, including the M-600 jointly made by Iran and North Korea, which has a 150-mile range.
It appears Hezbollah is ready to launch a missile attack in the event of a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.