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Israeli concerns that Lebanon’s militant Shia Hezbollah has acquired Scud ballistic missiles have intensified with the release of updated satellite images on Google Earth showing what appears to be a training session at a secret military base in Syria, it emerged Saturday.


One image shows two Scud-sized rockets in an open training area with at least 20 people standing near by. The Geoeye images, dated March 22, 2010, are publicly available to anyone with an internet connection and the Google Earth viewer.

”]The Ofek 9 will join other Israeli spy satellites, such as this one launched in 2007  [EPA]