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    Israeli Minister Confirms Airstrikes in Syria Targeted Arms for Hezbollah

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    The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on a convoy in Syria, carrying a batch of weapons for Hezbollah, according to Israeli Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Yisrael Katz.

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — A convoy carrying weapons to the Shiite Hezbollah movement was a target of recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Israeli Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Yisrael Katz confirmed Sunday.

    Katz’s comment came in the wake of reports that Israeli aircraft had carried out several strikes inside Syria overnight Thursday.

    "The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on a convoy in Syria, carrying a batch of weapons for Hezbollah," Katz said in a statement, distributed by his press service.

    The Syrian Army command said in a statement it had downed one of the Israeli Air Force jets that violated its airspace, while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) denied these claims to Sputnik.

    On Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would continue its efforts to prevent attempts to arm Hezbollah.

    Fighters of the Hezbollah organization, established in 1980s, have been assisting the Syrian government in its struggle against terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), outlawed in Russia and the United States, among other nations. Israel, as well as some other states, consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization.


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    • avatar
      Marques rouges
      Drain the swamp, I have a long list of post deleted recently, just for mentioning the Zionists ! No insult, no call to violence, just mentioning their name and I was censored !!!
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      Marques rouges
      Defense minister Liebermann just threatened to destroy all Syrian anti-aerial defenses if they dare defend themselves against the Chosen attacks against Syria.

      I wonder how Russia will handle this ? Will they place some S-300 near Damas ? Of course if the IAF destroys them, they would lose much credit... a free pass for the IAF against Syria would also leave Moscow a bit naked in the eyes of the world.
    • Drain the swampin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, There are American jews who have infiltrated on the Sputnik staff, unfortunately the khazi have a spell over us slavs and we are unable to see through them in our midst. Thats why Putin has insisted Solzhenitsyn be taught in all our schools.
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      Fighters of the Hezbollah organization, established in 1980s, have been assisting the Syrian government in its struggle against terrorist groups
      Hezbollah is fighting on the right side. Israel is supporting terrorism by attacking Hezbollah. Hezbollah is NOT attacking Israel. It is quite telling when Israel considers an attack on ISIS to be a dangerous situation for Israel.
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      Marques rouges did not see statement re Israel threatening to destroy Syrian air defense units which are bye and large mobile so how many planes do they want to lose in the process and if so it is unlikely they would stop at that point.

      In reality his statement is a declaration of intent to declare war on Syria? and if so there we have it it is Israel that will start WW3.
    • Hermesin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges,
      I think israel is on the path of getting deeper involved in the Syrian war now it looks like their carefully selected psychopaths are turned into dust by the thousands, the so-called FSA is stuck at Mosul and none of their other allies seems willing to stick their necks out. For israel it is essential that Assad must go because that opens the road to many billions of dollars worth of income from the fast reserves of Palestinian gas that can be piped to Europe which would make europe independent from Russia and dependent on israel. Israel's distribution network is dependent on a pipeline through Syria. The palestinian gas isn't worth anything without it. The famous Qatar pipeline has two planned routes. One through Iraq and for some reason one through Syria. And that pipeline is what supposedly what the war in Syria is about. But it isn't. Qatar is just the usual scapegoat that is needed to cover up who is really behind the carnage in Syria and the rest of the middle east and the formation of groups like isis and the organization of events like the arab spring.
    • Hermesin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      I think the world will decide that instead of having world war 3 we will just have to do without israel. Nobody really likes them anyway.
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      vot tak
      The israelis are lying, as usual. They were attacking the forces defending Syria and helping the terrorists attacking her, as always in their attacks on Syria.

      This war against Syria is an israeli orchestrated war.
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