Israel Targets Syrian Missile Shipment

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Israel Air Force successfully destroyed a Syrian missile shipment to Hezbollah, fulfilling its promise not to allow Syria to arm the Lebanese-based Iranian proxy.

Citing Kuwait's Arabic-language al-Jarida, Israeli media reported the attack took place near the Lebanese-Syrian border Tuesday, though it remained unclear on which side of the border it occurred.

Israel has not confirmed or denied the Kuwaiti report, which quotes a senior official reportedly close to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. According to the report, the source said the convoy was transporting long-range missiles manufactured in China and upgraded in Iran.

Tuesday's attack is the third this year targeting Syrian missile shipments to Hezbollah.

Ya'alon has repeatedly said Israel would not allow the transfer of "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah or other terror groups.

"Whether it is the transfer of high-quality weapons to terrorist organizations or violation of our sovereignty across the border, in all these cases we will strive to protect the security of the State of Israel," Ya'alon said in May.

Last spring, Israeli jets targeted a Syrian weapons storage facility and in early July, another missile convoy.

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