Defense Minister: Israel Closely Monitoring Situation in Syria, Adhering to 'Red Lines'

Amid reports of an Israeli strike on the Syria-Lebanon border, Moshe Ya'alon says Israel will not tolerate the transfer of Syrian arms to Hezbollah.

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Amid reports of an Israeli strike on the Syria-Lebanon border, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Wednesday that Israel is strictly adhering to its "red lines" in regards to Syria.

At a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Ya'alon said that Israel is sticking to its policy of blocking the transfer of any Syrian arms to hostile organizations - Hezbollah in particular.

"Israel will not tolerate the transfer of any chemical arms to hostile parties," Ya'alon said, adding that as of now, no such attempts have been made.

Ya'aon also said that Israel is committed to warding off any territorial breaches at the Golan Heights. "When such an occurrence happens, like it did recently, we return fire and destroy the aggressor - which, in the recent case, was a Syrian cannon."

"The Syrians, under heavy international pressure, have committed to disarming themselves of their chemical weapons stockpile. As of now, they haven't reneged on this commitment. But the final result is what matters. Time will tell if [Syrian President Bashar Assad] will attempt to hide, or secretly retain, some of his chemical warfare capabilities. Until then, we are closely following the situation, and are strictly adhering to our 'red lines' in regards to Syria."

Earlier on Wednesday, Kuwait's Al-Jarida newspaper reported that Israeli warplanes attacked a convoy carrying missiles along Lebanon's border with Syria two days earlier.

Quoting an unnamed Israeli security official they described as an associate of Ya'alon, the newspaper said that the missiles were intended for delivery to Hezbollah. The report did not specify whether the alleged attack was carried out on Lebanese or Syrian territory.

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad hold his photos during their celebration of Martyrs’ Day at an undisclosed location, in photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency.Credit: Reuters

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