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Hezbollah launches game to relive war with Israel

AFP , BEIRUT

Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas have launched a video game that invites players to relive their successes in last year's war against Israel and shoot down "the myth of an invincible army."

The game, called Special Force 2, is based on fighting which actually took place, one of its creators, Ali Ahmed, said, adding: "The player is involved as a resistance fighter and relives the high points of the destruction of the Israeli military machine."

The game was created in order to "reaffirm the destruction of the myth of an invincible army," he said.

Each day there is a "martyr" from among a list of Hezbollah fighters killed during the war.

The six-step game starts with the capture of two Israeli soldiers on the Israeli-Lebanese border, which triggered the conflict from July 12 to Aug. 14 last year.

It involves pinpointing a patrol, launching the attack, destroying Israeli vehicles, blowing up a security enclosure and capturing the soldiers.

Every player is guided by the "resistance command center" and chooses his level, whether beginner, intermediate or professional, Ahmed said.

Missions also include destroying an Israeli Saar-5 class gunship off the coast of Beirut, as well as destroying dozens of Merkava tanks and launching missiles on northern Israel.

The game is in Arabic, but will soon have French and English versions, and it sells for "[US]10 dollars because the goal is not for profit," Ahmed said.

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