Report: Israeli Strike Targets Hezbollah Car Near Syria-Lebanon Border

No casualties reported as passengers escape, sources say

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows after mortars were fired in Lebanon, 2019.
FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows after mortars were fired in Lebanon, 2019.Credit: STR/AP
Jack Khoury

Two missiles from an Israeli drone targeted a Hezbollah car on the Syrian side of the Syria-Lebanon border Wednesday, according to two sources, one of whom is a Syrian army commander and the other a member of the militant group.

The sources said there were no casualties, with the passengers escaping before the car was hit and destroyed. Lebanese reports also said that the passengers were unharmed.

The Hezbollah official said one missile blew up near the vehicle as it traveled in rural Damascus near a border crossing with Lebanon. The second missile hit after the driver managed to get out of the vehicle. The Hezbollah official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. He didn't identify the passengers but said no one was hurt.

The border crossing is officially closed, except for commercial transit, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Syria state media also reported the attack, saying it targeted a civilian car and left material damage only. It did not elaborate.

There was no immediate comment from Damascus, or from Israel, which rarely confirms individual attacks targeting Iranian and allied forces inside Syria. 

According to another report, the vehicle was a black Jeep Grand Cherokee and was severely damaged.

The drone attack near the Jdeidet Yabous border crossing came a week after Israel’s military released a video it said shows Syrian officers and Hezbollah members working together on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel has warned for years of what it calls Iran and Hezbollah’s “entrenchment” in southern Syria close to Israeli army positions.

There have been several drone attacks near the Golan Heights in recent months targeting Syrians said to be working with Hezbollah, according to Syrian opposition activists.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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