Israel reaffirms Syria position, conducts airstrikes on border

Published October 23rd, 2013 - 12:49 GMT
Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon said that "we continue to maintain our red lines on Syria." The minister's comments coincided with reported Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese-Syrian border Wednesday (Courtesy of the Times of Israel)
Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon said that "we continue to maintain our red lines on Syria." The minister's comments coincided with reported Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese-Syrian border Wednesday (Courtesy of the Times of Israel)

Israel reconfirmed Wednesday that they would plan to prevent any transfer of military arms to militants in Syria, according to AFP. The government's comments coincided with a reported Israeli airstrike on the Syria-Lebanese border as well according to the report.


Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon announced to the parliamentary foreign and defense committee that "We are following the issue, and continue to maintain our red lines on Syria -- not to allow the transfer of advanced Syrian weapons to hostile hands, especially (Lebanon's Shiite group) Hezbollah," he said.


Ya'alon further said that Israel would "not allow the passage of chemical weapons," but reiterated that no such attempts have yet been made.


Ya'alon's comments coincided with reports from Kuwait's Al-Jarida that Israeli warplanes launched an airstrike on the Syria-Lebanon border. The strike, according to the report informed by an official source in Jerusalem, said that the attack was directed to hit a convoy that was carrying weapons for Hezbollah.


Israeli defense representatives refused to comment on the report and did not indicate on which side of the Syrian-Lebanese border that the airstrike took place.


The Jewish state has previously conducted air strikes in Syria territory directed at related weapon shipments for Hezbollah. 


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