Sunday, May 5, 2013

Israel targets Iranian Weapons Bound for Hezbollah

Israel launched an airstrike in Syria today,  with Syria's state media reporting that Israeli missiles struck the Jamraya military research center near the Syrian capital Damascus, setting off  massive explosions.

This was the second Israeli strike against Syria in three days

Overnight Thursday, an attack targeted a shipment of extremely accurate guided Iranian-made missiles, stored in a warehouse near the Damascus airport.  The Fatah 110 surface to surface missiles have a precise guidance systems and were reportedly bound for Hezbollah.  These mobile, solid-fueled missiles can reach Tel Aviv and much of Israel from southern Lebanon,  representing a considerable improvement over the liquid-fueled Scud missile

According to Israeli and U.S. officials  previous Israeli airstrikes in January also targeted weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama  told the Spanish-language TV station Telemundo, "The Israelis, justifiably, have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah". Obama also said it was up to Israel to confirm or deny any strikes, but that the US coordinates very closely with Israel.

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