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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