Israeli jets reportedly hit target on Lebanon-Syria border

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli jets. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli forces attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border, a western diplomat and a security source told Reuters on Wednesday, at a time of growing concern in the Jewish state over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons.

The sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, had no further information about what might have been hit or where precisely the attack happened.

Earlier, the Lebanese army reported a heavy presence of Israeli jets over its territory throughout Tuesday night.

“There was definitely a hit in the border area,” the source said.

Israeli vice premier Silvan Shalom said on Sunday that any sign that Syria’s grip on its chemical weapons was slipping, as President Bashar al-Assad fights rebels trying to overthrow him, could trigger Israeli intervention.

Israeli sources said on Tuesday that Syria’s advanced conventional weapons would represent as much of a threat to Israel as its chemical arms should they fall into the hands of Syrian rebel forces or Hezbollah guerrillas based in Lebanon.

The Israel Defense Forces declined comment.

Posted on January 30, 2013 .