Israeli warplanes said to hit Hezbollah arms convoy in Syria
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Israeli warplanes said to hit Hezbollah arms convoy in Syria

Lebanese media reports 4 trucks struck, no injuries in attack near Maarba north of Damascus; IDF declines to comment

Israeli Air Force F-16B jets, June 2011 (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
Israeli Air Force F-16B jets, June 2011 (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

Israeli Air Force warplanes struck a weapons convoy of four trucks belonging to the Shiite terror group Hezbollah near Maarba, north of Damascus, Arab media reported Thursday.

No one was killed in the Wednesday night air strike, according to the report by the Lebanese website Mulhak.

An IDF spokesperson said Thursday night that the army “will not comment” on the reports of a strike in Syria.

Syrian opposition websites said that the IAF “the Israeli air force carried out a number of strikes against Hezbollah positions close to the Syria-Lebanon border,” Israel National News reported.

“According to reports from the field, the air strike was carried out as a Hezbollah convoy departed from the area, apparently [further] into Lebanon,” INN quoted the opposition as saying.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war five years ago, a number of airstrikes in Syria or close to the border with Lebanon have been attributed to Israel.

Hezbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria, providing military forces to help Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime put down the insurgency.

Members and supporters of Lebanon's Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah carry the coffin of Mustafa Badreddine, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed in an attack in Syria, during his funeral in the Ghobeiry neighborhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO)
Members and supporters of Lebanon’s Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah carry the coffin of Mustafa Badreddine, a top Hezbollah commander who was killed in an attack in Syria, during his funeral in the Ghobeiry neighborhood of southern Beirut on May 13, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO)

In May, Hezbollah said its top commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in an Israeli airstrike.

In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel had carried out dozens of strikes against Hezbollah to prevent the group from obtaining advanced weapons — a rare Israeli admission of involvement in air attacks in Syria.

Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining “game-changing” arms — in particular advanced anti-aircraft systems of chemical weapons.

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