» 02/25/2014, 00.00
ISRAEL - SYRIA-LEBANON
Israeli air force strikes Hezbollah bases on Syrian border
The targeted area in the Bekaa Valley is used by Hezbollah to store weapons and train troops fighting for Assad. Israel fears an major technological shift in the weapons used by the Shiite militant movement.
Beirut ( AsiaNews) - The Israeli
air force carried out a series of targeted air raids against Hezbollah bases on
the Lebanese- Syrian border. Syrian
and Lebanese sources have reported the strikes although both Hezbollah and
Israel remain silent on the incident.
Residents in Nabi Sheet, in the
Bekaa Valley (see photo), near the border, say they saw planes fly over the
area and launch bombs that have rocked their homes. Nabi
Chit is considered a Hezbollah stronghold, home to the Shiite militant movement's
arms depots and training barracks.
was the first Israeli air raid on Lebanon in 2014. Last
year, according to some NGOs, there were at least six raids, all in Syria, targeting
Hezbollah military supplies.
Israel has not officially
commented on the raid, but the Israeli military authorities have often stated
that they will never allow a transfer of modern weaponry to Hezbollah. The Lebanese
movement claim to want to fight against Israel in favor of the Palestinians.
In the violent civil and regional war that has
engulfed Syria for three over years, Hezbollah militants are fighting alongside
recent weeks, Hezbollah has focused its efforts on Yabroud, a stronghold of
anti- Assad rebels, in the Qalamoun Mountains, on the border with Lebanon. According
to Shiite militants, the car bombs used in the attacks that are rocking the
relationship between Sunnis and Shiites in Lebanon originate in Yabroud.
has always been largely neutral regarding the Syrian issue, but it has
struck several military targets in the fear that Hezbollah is strengthening its
addition, Israel is worried about Iranian influence in the region and sees
Tehran's nuclear program "the greatest threat to world security". Iran
denies that the development of its nuclear program has military purposes.
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