Israeli Airstrike Reportedly Targets Missiles Bound for Hezbollah

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Oct. 23, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

The Is­raeli air force in re­cent days might have car­ried out an­oth­er strike on a con­voy of Syr­i­an mis­siles pur­portedly in­ten­ded for Hezbol­lah, the Times of Is­rael re­por­ted on Wed­nes­day, cit­ing a re­port by a Kuwaiti news­pa­per.

Al-Jar­ida, re­ly­ing on an an­onym­ous “of­fi­cial source” in Jer­u­s­alem, re­por­ted the aer­i­al as­sault took place close to the Le­banese-Syr­i­an bor­der. The art­icle did not state wheth­er the con­voy was in Syr­ia or Le­ban­on at the time of the al­leged at­tack.

The Times of Is­rael said it was un­able to in­de­pend­ently con­firm the art­icle.

The Is­raeli gov­ern­ment has re­peatedly warned it will take steps to pre­vent the Le­ban­on-based ex­trem­ist group Hezbol­lah from ac­quir­ing soph­ist­ic­ated mis­siles from the Bashar As­sad re­gime in Syr­ia. In Ju­ly, Is­raeli war­planes at­tacked an ar­sen­al of Syr­i­an anti-ship cruise mis­siles that were be­ing stored at a ware­house in­side Syr­ia.

Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter Moshe Yaalon in Wed­nes­day re­marks to Knes­set mem­bers said the gov­ern­ment was keep­ing close tabs on the civil war in neigh­bor­ing Syr­ia, Agence France-Presse re­por­ted.

“We are fol­low­ing the is­sue, and con­tin­ue to main­tain our red lines on Syr­ia — not to al­low the trans­fer of ad­vanced Syr­i­an weapons to hos­tile hands, es­pe­cially Hezbol­lah,” Yaalon was re­por­ted by his of­fice to have said.

The De­fense chief said it ap­pears the As­sad re­gime is keep­ing its pledge to des­troy its chem­ic­al weapons. Nev­er­the­less, Is­rael stands by its pledge to “not al­low the pas­sage of chem­ic­al weapons [to out­side parties], which un­til now they haven’t even tried to trans­fer,” he said.

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