Israel warplanes (illustrative) reportedly struck two weapons storage sites in Syria on Sunday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) The Syrian government accused Israel of a “flagrant attack” in which the Jewish state allegedlyÂ bombed military targets in Damascus in airstrikes on Sunday.
Reports indicate that the two targeted sites were weapons warehouses, one near the city’s international airport and another close to the Lebanese border. It is not yet confirmedÂ whether the weapons were intended to be used by the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Israel has carried out such strikes in the past, intended to destroy shipments of Iranian missiles bound forÂ Hezbollah.Â Additionally, Al Arabiya reported Monday that two Hezbollah members were killed in Sunday’s airstrikes.
The Israeli government has neither confirmed nor denied the airstrikes. ButÂ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saidÂ Sunday in hisÂ weekly cabinet meeting that “we are following the Middle East and what is happening very closely, with wide open eyes and ears… We will continue to keep our fingers on the pulse.”
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio onÂ Monday that Israel has “a very potent defense policy that is oriented toward safeguarding the country and wherever possible preventing the upgrading of weaponry that gives terrorist organizations game-changers or unusually sophisticated means of attack.”
During a joint news conference in Tehran, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the airstrikes.Â Moallem said the strikesÂ “lifted the morale of terrorists,” and Zarif saidÂ Syria must urgently “dry up the sources of terrorism.”Â The missiles destroyed in the strikes were reportedly made by Russia, which spurred the Russian government to send a letter to the United Nations protesting Israel’s “aggressive action.”
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