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Monday, August 21, 2006

Now that's what I call chutzpah (2)

First they complained that Hezbollah were using Russian equipment, now it's time for the British to come in for criticism. The Israelis have found some night vision equipment stamped with "made in Britain" in the hands of Hezbollah.

AN URGENT investigation was launched last night after Israel accused Britain of indirectly supplying Hezbollah terrorists with military night-vision equipment that helped them to target Israeli soldiers in Lebanon.

The equipment was found by Israeli troops in Hezbollah command bunkers in southern Lebanon. Each set was stamped “made in Britain”.

The Israelis made representations to the Foreign Office after it was revealed that Britain had sold 250 night-vision systems to Iran in 2003 for use against drug smugglers.

Foreign Office officials said early indications seemed to suggest that the night-vision equipment found by the Israelis was not part of the batch sold in 2003 to Iran. However, thorough checks were being made to compare serial numbers on the equipment found in the Hezbollah bunkers with those on the ones exported legitimately to Iran.
The Foreign Office are investigating to see if there has been any wrong doing. I can't imagine the same response if the Lebanese complained about the source of the missiles, cluster bombs, shells and bullets the Israelis used recently.

Source: Times Online

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