Report: IAF Strikes Hizbullah Targets Near Damascus.
By Israel Hayom
Arab media alleged Wednesday that the Israeli Air Force struck Hizbullah targets in Al-Qutayfah, northeast of Damascus, Syria. The report has not been corroborated by any official Israeli source. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency quoted a Syrian military official as confirming the strike, but he offered no other details.
According to reports, several Israeli fighter jets breached Lebanese and Syrian airspace in the early hours of Wednesday morning, en route to the Qalamun Mountains. According to the Lebanese news channel Al-Jadeed, the strike took place at 3 a.m. and targeted a Syrian weapons shipment to Hizbullah that was making its way to Al-Qutayfah. The report quoted local residents who reported hearing explosions, as well as eyewitnesses who claimed they saw Israeli jets flying at low altitude over the town of in Baalbek, northeast of Beirut.
Other media reports said that a Syrian military post was also destroyed in the strike. The post was reportedly used by the Syrian army's 155th Battalion, whose troops often oversee the regime's weapons shipments to the Shiite terrorist group. Syrian troops were reportedly using side roads to transport the weapons to Hizbullah, to avoid an Israeli strike.
Al-Masdar, a Tel Aviv based Arabic news site covering Israel-related affairs, reported IAF jets also flew over areas known to house Islamic State and al-Qaida hubs. Various Arab media outlets reported the IAF also struck targets in Lebanon.
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|Date:||Feb 23, 2017|
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