Israeli jets allegedly struck targets near the Syrian capital last night, the Jerusalem Post reported citing Lebanese media sources.
According to the reports, Israeli war planes attacked weapons shipment to Hezbollah.
Syrian media reported witnesses hearing “loud explosion sounds” in the early morning hours. The Syrian Shaam news service quoted a spokesperson for the nearby city of Yarboud who said the Israeli jets fired six missiles at the various targets
It’s being reported that the Israeli army struck from within Lebanon, circling the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek, so as not to be blocked by the Russian defence systems operating in the area.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit declined to comment on the reports as the army does not respond to foreign reports.
The alleged attack comes as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel against starting a war with its northern neighbour.
“Israel must ‘count to one million’ before waging any war on Lebanon and we’re prepared for any threat,” Nasrallah told Iran’s state television.
“Hezbollah will have no red lines in the next war with Israel.”
Last week Lebanese President Michel Aoun defended Hezbollah’s possession of weapons saying the arms were an essential part of the country’s defence against Israel.
“As long as the Lebanese army lacks sufficient power to face Israel, we feel the need for [Hezbollah’s] arsenal because it complements the army’s role,” he told the Egyptian TV network CBC.
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