Israel strikes ‘Hezbollah-bound’ Russian missiles in Syria ~ The Daily Star.
AMMAN/JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON: Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another explosive layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.
CNN quoted an unidentified U.S. administration official as saying Israeli warplanes struck a base near the port of Latakia, targeting missiles that Israel thought might be transferred to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
An Obama administration official confirmed to AP the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late Wednesday in Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles.
A U.S. official confirmed to AFP that “there was an Israeli strike” but gave no detail on the location or the target.
“Historically targets have been missiles transferred to Hezbollah,” allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the official said.
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