Syrian weapons transferred to Hezbollah during latest Gaza conflict


The Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan reported Saturday that Hezbollah received a shipment of medium-range missiles and other advanced weapons from Syria during the most recent round of violence a week and a half ago in the Gaza Strip, during which over 100 rockets were fired at Israel.

Syrian President Bashar Assad with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah [Archive] – Photo: AP

According to the report, Syria and Hezbollah exploited cloudy weather and the fact that the Israeli military had diverted its focus southward to retaliate against the rocket barrage from Gaza.

The Al Watan report went on to say that the Israeli airstrike in Syria last Wednesday, in response to a roadside bomb on the border fence that wounded four Israeli soldiers, killed more than 30 people and destroyed dozens of missile and rockets.

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces issued a statement following its retaliation, saying, “The targets included artillery batteries and posts, as well as a Syrian Army training facility,” and that Israeli forces deployed in the sector “returned artillery fire at targets across the border. …

“The IDF reserves the right to act at any time and by any means necessary to defend the people of Israel. A message to that effect has been relayed to Syria following the incident, via the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the area,” the statement said.


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