Israeli warplanes said to hit Hezbollah targets in Syria

Arab media reports airstrikes target military posts of Shiite terror group along near Lebanese border; Hezbollah denies, Israel mum

An Israeli F-16 during an exercise on November 25, 2013. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
An Israeli F-16 during an exercise on November 25, 2013. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

Syrian opposition figures said Israeli warplanes struck targets belonging to the Shiite terror group Hezbollah in the Qalamoun Mountains along the Syria-Lebanon border, on Wednesday, according to Hebrew news sites citing Arab media.

The reports gave few details, saying only that the targets had been hit from the sky three times.

The Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday night it “will not comment” on the reports of a strike in Syria.

A Twitter account linked to Hezbollah denied that there had been any attack on its headquarters in Qalamoun.

The Qalamoun range is considered a key stronghold for Hezbollah, linking Damascus to eastern Lebanon, and is suspected to be used as a supply route for arms transfers between the regime and Hezbollah, which is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.

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Earlier this month, Lebanese media reported Israel struck a weapons convoy of four trucks belonging to Hezbollah near Maarba, north of Damascus.

No one was killed in the August 4 air strike, according to the Mulhak news website.

An IDF spokesperson at the time declined to comment on the report.

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

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

In May, Hezbollah said its top commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in a suspected 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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