Israel Confirms Hit on Syrian Arms for Hezbollah
Israeli official confirms air strike targeted Syrian missiles shipment headed to guerrillas in Lebanon; Syrian chemical weapons facility not targeted.
Israel has carried out an air strike into Syria, targeting a shipment of missiles bound for Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, an Israeli official said on Saturday.
Israel has made clear it is prepared to resort to force to prevent advanced Syrian weapons, including President Bashar Assad’s reputed chemical arsenal, reaching his Hezbollah allies or Islamist rebels taking part in a more than two-year-old uprising against his government.
The target of Friday’s raid was not a Syrian chemical weapons facility, a regional security source earlier told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
A US official, who also declined to be identified, had told Reuters on Friday the target was apparently a building.
The attack took place after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved it in a secret meeting on Thursday night, the security source said.