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Hezbollah in N Korea and Egypt

Michael Sharnoff

Last Wednesday, Egyptian police arrested 49 Hezbollah suspects possessing explosives. Egyptian and Israeli officials believe the Hezbollah operatives were plotting attacks against Israeli tourists. Egyptian police are now looking for 13 others believed to be hiding among Bedouins in the Sinai Peninsula.

Hezbollah made other news last week. US citizens in Israel injured from Hezbollah rockets have filed a $100 million lawsuit against Pyongyang for providing weapons and training to Hezbollah during the 2006 war with Israel. The lawsuit claims that North Korea helped Hezbollah build underground bunkers to store Katyusha rocket launchers in South Lebanon.

While there has been no official response from North Korea, Cairo has called for the arrest of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for undermining Egypt’s sovereignty. Egypt-Iran relations have been tense since 1979, but have soured further over the latter’s ambition to acquire nuclear weapons for regional hegemony.