Shipment Meant for Hezbollah
Six months after an alleged assault in Syria, a Kuwaiti report suggests Israel launched another strike to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced missiles. Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper quoted an Israeli state official as saying that IAF fighter jets bombed a missile shipment on the Syria-Lebanon border October 21, 2013.
The source said that the shipment was intended for Hezbollah but did not disclose whether the strike occurred inside Syrian or Lebanese territory. The IDF declined to comment.
Lebanese sources reported of extensive fighter jet and drone activity over Lebanon in recent weeks, particularly over the last weekend.
On Tuesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that Israel will continue to maintain its "red lines" in the northern sector and will not allow the transfer of advanced or chemical arms from Syria to radical groups such as Hezbollah. Addressing the issue on Wednesday he noted, "We are monitoring the Syrian commitment to disarm of chemical weapons and are sticking to our red lines."
Last May, it was reported that Israel conducted an airstrike in Syria.
CNN quoted two unnamed US officials as saying that Israel's warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace. A security source in the region said that the target was not a Syrian chemical weapons facility but rather a building.
An Israeli official said that Israeli warplanes had targeted a shipment of missiles in Syria believed to be en route to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.
The air strike took place on Friday after it was approved in a secret meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Thursday night, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Within 48 hours, Syrian state television reported of powerful explosions in the outskirts of Damascus claiming Israeli rockets had struck a military facility just north of the capital.
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