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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military is accusing Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah of stepping up attempts to build missile-production facilities in Lebanon and says these efforts are putting Lebanese civilians in danger.
The announcement comes at a time of rising tensions. In recent days, Israel has struck Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq, and Hezbollah has accused Israel of a drone strike in Lebanon.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Thursday that Israel has detected an “intensified” effort by Iran and Hezbollah to establish missile-production facilities in Lebanon. He released the names of four officials, led by an Iranian brigadier general, allegedly leading the effort.
“Iran and Hezbollah are endangering Lebanon,” he said.
Israel considers it a major escalation if Hezbollah manages to obtain large quantities of guided missiles.