Israel launched an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, according to U.S. and regional officials.
The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a convoy of trucks shipping weapons bound for the Islamist militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically “game-changing” in the hands of Hezbollah.
A U.S. official confirmed the strike, saying it hit a convoy of trucks.
Hezbollah on Thursday condemned the raid, saying it targeted a “scientific research center.”
In a statement the group said it “expresses full solidarity with Syria’s command, army and people,” and called the strike “barbaric aggression”.
Hezbollah has committed to Israel’s destruction and has gone to war against the Jewish state in the past.
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