Report: Israel May Launch More Strikes in Syria to Destroy Missiles
Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Israel is mulling additional air strikes in Syria to halt the transfer of Iranian missiles to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, The New York Times reports.
Although the Israeli government has not commented directly on attacks by its war jets in Syria, the U.S. says there have been three operations since last January to destroy Lebanon-bound missiles.
Israel has no intention of getting involved in the two-year conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military and opposition forces, but at the same time, won’t stand for advanced rockets being transferred for use by Hezbollah, it’s sworn enemy.
The Times quoted an unidentified Syrian official as saying, “Israel is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. The transfer of such weapons to Hezbollah will destabilize and endanger the entire region.”
Furthermore, Israel is warning Damascus not to retaliate against the air strikes or use proxies, such as from Iran, to hit back at Israeli interests in its homeland or elsewhere.
The Syrian government has condemned the Israeli air strikes inside its borders without making any firm commitment to immediately retaliate. Iran, a close Syrian ally, has been more definitive about possibly taking action against Israel.
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