was reportedly behind a massive airstrike near Damascus, Syria in the early
hours of Sunday morning, targeting Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah. If accurate, the reports would mean that there were two Israeli airstrikes on Syria within three days this week, and three such strikes this year.
Anonymous officials told the Associated Press and Reuters that Israel has carried out the recent strikes on Iranian shipments to the Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah of highly advanced missiles known as Fateh-110s or “Conqueror” missiles.
“In last night’s attack, as in the previous one, what was attacked were stores of Fateh-110 missiles that were in transit from Iran to Hezbollah,” a Western intelligence official told Reuters.
Israeli officials declined to confirm the Jewish state was behind the latest strike in Syria, but Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon hinted at Israeli involvement.
“The State of Israel is protecting its interests and will continue doing so. I am not confirming or denying the reports,” Danon told Israeli Army Radio.
First put into service by Iran in 2002, the Fateh-110 missiles were upgraded last year with a range of 185 miles and are accurate to within 330 feet.
In an interview with the Spanish-language television station Telemundo on Saturday, President Barack Obama said he supported Israel’s right to defend itself.
“What I have said in the past and I continue to believe is that the Israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah,” Obama said.