Reports: Israel Strikes Arms Convoy in Syria

Unconfirmed report says Israel attacked targets outside Damascus from Lebanese airspace. IDF: The military doesn’t respond to foreign reports.

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Smoke rises in Damascus following a strike attributed to Israel in 2013 (Illustrative).
Smoke rises in Damascus following a strike attributed to Israel in 2013 (Illustrative).Credit: AP

Israel carried out an overnight strike against an arms convoy on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to Wednesday reports.

Lebanese television channel Al-Jadeed reported that an Israel Air force aircraft attacked targets in the al-Qatifa Mountains, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

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Al-Jadeed added that the Israeli aircraft circled the skies of Lebanon's Beqaa Valley and above the city of Baalbek around 3 A.M. According to the report, the attack was carried out from Lebanese airspace.

Another Lebanese news outlet, A-Nashra, reported that a convoy transporting weapons was the target. The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen also reported of the strike, saying that it was carried out by two air-to-surface missiles and didn’t result in injuries or substantial damage.

A monitoring group also reported that a strike took place. Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the German news agency DPA that Israeli warplanes fired at least six rockets on depots in the area of Qutaifa, north-east of Damascus.

It was not immediately clear if the targeted sites belong to the Syrian army or its allied Lebanese Hezbollah movement, he added.

The Lebanese army denied the reports, and the Syrian government has yet to publish its response.

The Israeli army said that the military does not respond to foreign reports.

A day earlier, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a warning to Hezbollah during a Golani Brigade exercise, saying that "this might be the best answer to all the threats and all the fiction that we hear from across the border. Those who haven’t seen the Golani Brigade exercise – better carry on hiding in an underground bunker."

Lebanese President Michel Aoun published a statement on Saturday warning that any Israeli attempt to violate his country's sovereignty will be met with "an appropriate response," without giving further details.

Aoun's statement came a few days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech during which he threated that in the next confrontation with Israel, his organization will attack the ammonia tank in Haifa and even the Dimona nuclear reactor.

"We will hit the ammonia tank wherever it is," he said. Referring to Haifa's relative proximity to the Lebanese border, he added: "Of course, Haifa would be easier but we will hit it anywhere."

With reporting by DPA

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