ISRAELI WARPLANES STRIKE SYRIAN WEAPONS FACILITY, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS

Fox News on May 4, 2013, reported that a Syrian weapons facility was struck early on May 3 by Israeli warplanes, a U.S. official told Fox News. Excerpts below:

A source told Fox News that it is not clear whether the warplanes crossed into Syrian airspace or whether the missiles were fired from across the border.

The strike was confirmed by Israeli officials who said the country’s air force targeted a shipment of “game changing” weapons bound for the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group.

They spoke to the news agency Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a secret military issue.

It was the second Israeli strike this year against Syria and the latest salvo in its long-running effort to disrupt Hezbollah’s quest to build an arsenal capable of defending against Israel’s air force and spreading destruction inside the Jewish state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that Israel would be prepared to take military action if chemical weapons or other arms were to reach Hezbollah.

When Israeli planes fired on a weapons convoy inside Syria in January, they remained outside Syrian airspace. The convoy was believed to be carrying Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles.

“Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, specially to Hizbullah in Lebanon,” an official from the Israeli Embassy in Washington told Fox News.

Daily Telegraph, London, also on May 4 reported Israeli air attacks on convoys of arms. Excerpts below:

With the violence continuing to draw in neighbouring countries, Israeli officials confirmed air strikes against a convoy they said was carrying advanced weaponry, believed to be sophisticated Russian-made missiles, and transferring them to the Lebanese Shia group Hizbollah.

The attack was carried out from over Lebanese territory, without entering Syrian air space, but the two events will strengthen the impression that the war is becoming a regional sectarian conflict between Alawites and Shia, backed by Russia, Iran and Hizbollah, and Sunnis backed by the West.

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