Airstrike launched by Israel on Syrian border


Israel’s military said Sunday (local time) it launched an airstrike
on its border with after spotting militants carrying a bomb.
military said it carried out the strike after troops saw “a group of
armed terrorists” approach the border with an explosive that was
intended to target Israeli troops. It said that Israeli aircraft
“targeted the squad preventing the attack.”
It did not offer any
casualty figure for the strike. It also was not immediately clear which
armed group in Syria had attempted the attack. The Israeli military said
it was the first such attack this year, although there have been others
in the past since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.
Israel has
tried to stay out of the war in Syria, but repeatedly has threatened to
take military action to prevent Syria from transferring sophisticated
weapons to its ally, Hezbollah.

                                         Israeli border police. File photo / AP
Israel is believed to have
carried out several airstrikes in Syria that have targeted sophisticated
weapons systems, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and
Iranian-made missiles.

There were reports in Arab media last week that Israel had
carried out another attack on such weapons in Syria. Israeli officials
have not commented.
But just hours before the border strike
Sunday night, Israeli defence Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Syria and
Iran against arming Hezbollah with such weapons.
“We will not
allow the transfer of quality weapons to terror groups led by Hezbollah
and we know how to reach them and those that dispatch them at any time,”
Yaalon said. He added that Iran is continuously trying to find ways to
arm Hezbollah with the weapons.

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