Israeli official confirms airstrike on Hezbollah-bound weapons

( The Israeli Air Force struck a Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy in the Syria-Lebanon border region on Monday night, a senior Israeli security official told TIME magazine, confirming previous speculation that Israel was behind the strike. Lebanese media, meanwhile, reported that the shipment destroyed in the Israeli strike included Russian-made SS-26 Iskander missiles, which are advanced surface-to-surface ballistic missiles with a range of 280 kilometers (174 miles).

Israeli Air Force jets. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

Hezbollah terrorist Hajji Hassan Mansour (also known as Abu Haitham), who served as a field trainer for Hezbollah, was also reportedly killed in the airstrike. On Wednesday, Hezbollah vowed to retaliate.

“The resistance will choose the right time and place to retaliate for the Israeli offensive,” Hezbollah said in a statement on its Al-Manar television station.

When asked about the attack by reporters, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Our policy is clear—we will not speak about reports of what we did or didn’t do—but we do all that is necessary in order to defend our citizens.”

Posted on February 26, 2014 .