Israel attacks missile depot in Syria that were about to be transferred to the Hezbollah terrorist organization.
Today, the IDF carried out its’ second attack within the last three days deep inside Syria. “The attack shook Damascus with a series of powerful blasts and drove columns of fire into the night sky,” Israel Hayom reported. Syrian state television claims that Israeli rockets hit a military target just north of the Syrian capital city of Damascus, while a western intelligence source claimed that the target was Iranian Fateh 110 missiles that were about to be transferred over to the Hezbollah terrorist organization. “In last night’s attack, as in the previous one, what was attacked were stores of Fateh-110 missiles that were in transit from Iran to Hezbollah,” the source told Yedioth Achronot. In addition, at least 40 other blasts were heard within Damascus following this attack, according to Israel Hayom.
Israeli officials declined to comment officially about this particular operation, but an Israeli source did anonymously claim that Israel struck Iranian arms shipment headed for Hezbollah. Meanwhile, as Syria declared this action to be an act of war, the IDF has deployed its Iron Dome batteries on the northern front as a precaution. Former Defense Minister Benyamin Eliezer told Yedioth Achronot that he is not sure whether Israel was responsible for this blast, but the amount of ammunition found at the research facility within Damascus that were targeted would be a “tie breaker,” adding that Israel could not afford to ignore such a security threat.
According to MK Tzahi Hanegbi, “Israel will not allow Hezbollah exploit the Syrian chaos to arm itself with strategic weapons, which will increase its confidence and the chances of it launching future attacks on Israel. What we want primarily is to guarantee that within the chaos in Syria we don’t see Hezbollah getting stronger in such a way that would motivate it to act against us, and as a result of which find ourselves dragged into a confrontation that would lead to greater losses than in the past, because we did not act in time.”
These explosions came after one Israeli official reported that Israel also had attacked Syria last Thursday night, where missiles that were to be delivered to Hezbollah were also targeted. In that particular instance, Israel eliminated Fatah 110 missiles that were being stored at the Damascus International Airport. Israel Hayom reported that American sources claimed that the missiles were being stored in a warehouse run by Hezbollah and Iran’s Al Quds Force.
This past January, the IDF also reportedly hit a convoy that was transferring SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah. United with Israel noted at the time that had such weapons made it into the hands of Hezbollah, it would have been a game changer for the SA-17. At the time, then Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, who presently serves as the Minister of Energy and Water, warned that Israel would intervene in the Syrian conflict if Syria were to transfer biological or chemical weapons to terrorist organizations! Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also stated, “The moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical or biological weapons to Hezbollah, this is a red line for us and from our point of view it’s a clear casus belli. We will act decisively and without hesitation or restraint.”
By Rachel Avraham