Never before seen footage of a defining moment of the 2006 Lebanon War fought between Israel and Hezbollah has just been released upon the 13th anniversary marking the close of the month-long war, which left parts of Lebanon decimated and over 1300 people dead.
Hezbollah and its supporters see the 2006 war as a victory, given that Israel halted its advanced while failing to root out Hezbollah from southern Lebanon, a stated goal of Tel Aviv.
Among the key celebrated moments among Lebanese, Syrians and Iranians remains Hezbollah scoring a direct hit on an Israeli warship, which international media at the time said killed four Israeli personnel – in what was an unprecedented demonstration of the paramilitary group’s growing capability and reach.
The clip is part of a war-related documentary recently broadcast by the Lebanese-Hezbollah network Al Manar TV, and reveals purported details of Hezbollah’s planning the attack on the Israeli Saar 5-class corvette.
The full documentary also reportedly presents testimony from an Israeli soldier on board the Israeli ship when it was struck by the Hezbollah missile.
At the time it was alleged that elite Iranian IRGC operatives had helped Hezbollah carry out some of their most daring attacks, which included use of advanced Iran-manufactured rockets – as was believed the case in the Saar 5 warship attack. Initial reports had said a drone was involved, but it was later confirmed a land-based missile.