Saturday, May 4, 2013

Israel Makes Another Airstrike Into Syria

Last week there were unconfirmed reports of Israeli aircraft attacking a chemical weapons facility that was dangerously close to falling into rebel hands.

While Obama backpedals from his "red line," this weekend brings a report of another strike by Israel. From Fox News:

A Syrian weapons facility was struck early Friday by Israeli warplanes, a U.S. official told Fox News. 
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. 
One official told The Associated Press the target was a shipment of advanced, long-range ground-to-ground missiles but was not more specific.
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.
Another report from CNN.

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