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The air strike Israel carried out in Syria targeted a shipment of missiles from Iran bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the New York Times reported on Saturday, Al Arabiya informs.
The newspaper, citing a U.S. official, said the Israeli air force hit a warehouse on Friday at Damascus International Airport that it believed contained Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles made in Iran.
The Jewish state has long said it is prepared to use force to prevent advanced Syrian weapons from reaching Lebanon’s militant Shi’ite Muslim guerrillas. Israel also fears that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s reputed chemical weapons arsenal could end up in the hands of Hezbollah.
Assad and the powerful guerrilla group are linked to Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy. Iran has increased military aid to Assad in recent months, offering Syria’s increasingly isolated government support beyond what it gets from Russia, Western diplomats have said.
It was the second reported Israeli air strike on a target in Syria in four months. It took place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security Cabinet approved it in a secret meeting on Thursday, a regional security source said.
Israel’s government did not formally confirm Friday’s airstrike, which was disclosed to Reuters by an Israeli official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.