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Netanyahu: Hezbollah shut precision missile plants, arsenal limited

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Hezbollah has "at most, a few dozen" precision-guided missiles, having shut down factories for converting such weapons in Lebanon after Israel exposed them in September.

"Those sites near the Beirut airport, the underground sites for precision conversion of missiles, which (Israeli) military intelligence gave me, to expose, those sites were closed," he told an economic conference. "They are trying to open other sites. But through these measures, we are denying them precision arms."

There was no immediate comment from the armed, Iran-backed political organization which fought a war with Israel in 2006.

Netanyahu has accused Hezbollah of developing and stockpiling weapons capable of targeting his country's key infrastructure.

On Sept 20, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his group had obtained "precision and non-precision rockets and weapons capabilities" despite Israel's air strikes in Syria.

Israel has attacked suspected arms transfers to the Shiite Muslim group through neighboring Syria.