Hamas, Hezbollah Can Threaten Israeli Ports

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Both Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon can target Israeli ports and offshore infrastructure, such as oil rigs, a senior Israeli naval officer warned on Tuesday.

Brig.-Gen. Yaron Levi, head of naval intelligence, said the terror groups have missiles that could inflict serious damage, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Levi told participants of a conference at Tel Aviv University that "you don't need to be a genius to know where our oil rigs are…You can probably find their location on the Internet," along Israel's coastline.

Hezbollah's surface-to-air missiles, provided by Iran, and Russian-made scud missiles in Syria's arms cache, which the terror group may be able to secure, could inflict "critical" damage to Israel's strategic infrastructure.

Levi said Hamas is acquiring the same capabilities.

"In the future, we will have to deal with missiles, torpedoes, mines, above-surface weapons and underwater ones, both in Gaza and Lebanon," Levi said.

"We assume everything that Iran has can be brought to theaters closer to us," he said.

In March, the Israeli Navy intercepted an Iranian arms shipment aboard the German freighter, Victoria, carrying more than 50 tons of weaponry destined for the Gaza Strip.

The ship had set sail from Syria, docked in Turkey, and planned to unload its cargo at the Egyptian port of el-Arish for land transport to Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling Gaza.

"Everyone realized that the [Gaza] Strip is going in that direction and that it is our duty to stop it," Levi said.

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