Israel attacked in order to prevent North Korean weapons convoy to Hezbollah

Trevor Jackson
March 20, 2017

This statement, too, is unusual in that as a matter of policy, the IDF has not publicized the periodic strikes it carries out in Syria to prevent high-value weaponry from crossing the border into Lebanon for Hezbollah's possible future use against Israel.

Early Friday morning, Israeli jets hit an arms transfer meant for Hezbollah near Palmyra, with Syrian air defenses firing missiles at the planes. None of the missiles struck the jets, but one was intercepted by a missile defense system north of Jerusalem, Haaretz reports, adding there were no Israeli casualties in the incident.

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"This blatant Israeli act of aggression came as part of the Zionist enemy's persistence with supporting ISIS terrorist gangs and in a desperate attempt to raise their deteriorating morale and divert attention away from the victories which Syrian Arab Army is making in the face of the terrorist organizations", a Syrian military statement carried by SANA said.

The Israeli military said it shot down one of several anti-aircraft rockets fired at its warplanes by Syria last week in the most serious military exchange between the two hostile neighbours.

Israel's defence minister has threatened to destroy Syria's air defence systems if they are used to target Israeli fighter jets again.

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Also Sunday, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gadi Eisenkot said that Israel is focused on preventing Hezbollah from receiving shipments of advanced weapons.

Hezbollah is fighting alongside President Bashar Assad in the brutal Syrian civil war. However until the raid on Thursday night, which prompted a retaliatory response from Damascus, Israel has always stopped short of confirming specific air operations.

"We are fully determined and the evidence of that is that we are acting".

The Syrian media reported that the country's Defence Ministry claimed that one Israeli plane was downed and another was damaged from anti-aircraft fire.

"I have repeatedly called on Syria militants not to put trust in [the] West and implement their plots in Syria, because the USA and its allies are only using them as cannon fodder and will abandon [them] as soon as they are defeated", Nasrallah said at a ceremony held in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (PBUH), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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