Israel not behind strike on Hezbollah targets in Syria: media – i24news
Israeli media points to al-Nusra Front involvement; Arab media says Israeli air force behind attack
Al Jazeera reported early Monday that the Israeli Air Force has struck once again targets, including Hezbollah’s missile launchers, in the Qalamun Mountain region near the border between Syria and Lebanon. However, Israeli media reported “unnamed, but reliable” assessments, according to Times of Israel, that the Israeli army was not involved in the strike.
The Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front, which is participating in the fractured insurgency against the Syrian regime, was instead pointed as a possible perpetrator for the attack.
Lebanese media outlets also said that over 30 people had been killed and dozens injured in the strike.
A few hours earlier the Israeli military thwarted an attack on the Israeli-Syrian border, killing four terrorists in the process.
According to the IDF, a group of armed terrorists approached the border with an explosive device near the border town of Majdal Shams, which was intended to be detonated against IDF troops. In response, an IAF aircraft targeted the group and prevented the attack.
The IDF said in an official statement that it will not “tolerate any attempt to harm or violate Israeli sovereignty.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the events in the north.
“Any attempt to harm our soldiers will be met with a stern response, like the one led by the IDF tonight who stopped an attempted terror attack. I praise the IDF alertness which responded quickly and accurately,” Netanyahu said.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday evening that Israel will not allow Hezbollah to attain arms.
His comments came a day after Arab media reported Israel hit a shipment of long-range ground-to-ground missiles, likely of the Scud variety, in Syria which was intended for the terror group.
According to sources the airstrike targeted the 155th and 65th divisions of the Syrian army which have “ties to strategic weapons and long-range missiles.”
The sources quoted by Al-Jazeera said that several explosions were also reported in the Syrian towns of Al-Qutayfah, Yabroud and Qarah near Damascus.
Since the beginning of the bloody civil war in 2011, Israel is reported to have attacked Syrian military bases on a number of occasions, including raids reportedly targeting Iranian rockets bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
On January 18, six Hezbollah fighters, the son of the group’s late military leader Imad Moughniyeh and an Iranian general were killed in an Israeli air strike in Quneitra.
The Israeli government has declined to confirm any of the reports.