dglobalnews.com Israel attacked in order to prevent North Korean weapons convoy to Hezbollah
Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

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


Also on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Israeli air strikes in Syria, making a "rare statement on the matter", according to Israeli media.

Since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011, Israel has occasionally struck positions inside its war-ravaged neighbor, especially after mortar shells - allegedly fired from Syrian territory - fell inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

In April 2016, Netanyahu admitted for the first time that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah, which fought a 2006 war with Israel and is now battling alongside the Damascus regime.

In December, Liberman told a delegation of European Union envoys that Israel will "prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah".

The IDF refused to confirm or deny the report.

"Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon we will act to stop them".

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"We shall make great efforts so that this can continue for many more years", he added. "Everybody must take that into account - everybody". But given that the Israeli attack was hundreds of kilometers away from Israeli territory, why would Israel launch Arrow, which is meant to defend the homeland?

"Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident", Israeli global news TV channel i24 News reported on the issue.

Although Israel has operated with relative immunity in Syria, Russian-supplied anti-aircraft missile systems - including most recently S300 launchers have threatened to complicate Israel's freedom of action.

The firing of missiles from Syria toward Israeli aircraft is extremely rare, though Israeli military officials reported a shoulder-fired missile a few months ago. In 2014, the Syrian government and an opposition group both said an IDF strike had hit Damascus' suburbs and airport.

Israeli aerial defence systems intercepted one of the missiles but the army would not say if any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but confirmed the safety of Israeli civilians and Israeli aircraft was "not compromised". A subsequent Israeli airstrike destroyed a vehicle carrying four militants, Lerner said.

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