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Sources: Israel hits target in Syria border area
Published Wednesday 30/01/2013 (updated) 30/01/2013 21:11
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The remnants of an Israeli tank pictured in the Golan Heights.
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LONDON (Reuters) -- Israeli forces attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and a security source said on Wednesday, at a time of growing concern in Israel 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 the night.

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

An activist in Syria who works with a network of opposition groups around the country said that she had heard of a strike in southern Syria from her colleagues but could not confirm.

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

Israeli sources said 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.

Israel has sent its national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, to Russia and its military intelligence chief Major-General Aviv Kochavi to the United States for consultations, Israeli media said.

In Jerusalem, the Israeli military declined any comment.

"We do not comment on reports of this kind," an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, on Israel Radio, was asked if there was unusual activity on the northern front.

"The entire world has said more than once that it takes developments in Syria very seriously, developments which can be in negative directions. And therefore the world, led by President Obama who has said this more than once, is taking all possibilities into account and of course any development which is a development in a negative direction would be something that needs stopping and prevention."
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1 ) why would they do such stupid / thing?
30/01/2013 15:15
let the syrians alone!!

unless they detected a serious breach of security!!!!

2 ) southparkbear / usa
30/01/2013 17:41
lebanon army denies any attack in lebanon, syrians are quite about attack in syria. conclusion, either a non-news worthy rumor or, the convoy attacked was transferring advanced and possible chemical weapons

3 ) Raymond_in_DC / OOk
30/01/2013 18:53
Questions of legality can't be divorced from the context. The fact is that a state of war exists, as declared by Syria, Lebanon and Hezbollah against Israel. That grants Israel a certain leeway and legal cover it wouldn't have if the party messing with WMDs was North Korea or Pakistan. Israel thus has every legal right to go after Hezbullah's weapons stores, including its missiles, or Syria's chemical weapons if "loose" and likely headed into the hands of those actively h

4 ) ABE / USA
30/01/2013 19:10
NEVER AGAIN!!

5 ) andrew / USA
30/01/2013 20:32
Do you think Israel would risk the lives of its airmen and the consequences of hitting Syria or Lebannon if they did not think it was a serious breach of Israel's security. Either you are blind or have no idea of what is going on there. Please, educate yourself.

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
30/01/2013 20:39
Israel always protrays itself as defending itself , even when they are clearly the aggressors....

7 ) @ Why-1 / The Answer
30/01/2013 21:12
Yes, Israel was "behind attack on Syria-Lebanon border, which took place inside Syrian territory, and targeted a convoy carrying 'game-changing' strategic weapons meant for the Shi'ite militant group," but
BECAUSE it will NOT allow accurate missles, with WMD warheads, in the hands of war criminals, that have already intentionally attacked Israeli civilians and cities many 1,000s of times !!!

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 21:17
Netanyahu did 'warn' of a 'threat' a few days back. Obviously, one has to be drummed up, or the Israelis will never be able to form a solid coalition government. Can't have Iran, the Palestinians are being stubbornly supine -- Syria/Lebanon may be the best prospect.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 21:19
To Abe #4 'NEVER AGAIN!!' Considering the actual motto is more like 'ad infinitem,' that's pretty inane.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 21:22
JoeUSA #6: 'Israel always protrays itself as defending itself , even when they are clearly the aggressors....' All aggressors do that. Germany perceived itself as under attack by international Jewry, and staged a Polish 'attack' before it actually started the war. Japan felt it needed to strike before it was too late. Israel will always imagine it is defending itself.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/01/2013 21:24
Re ' why would they do such stupid / thing?' #1 Well, ' why would they do such stupid / thing?' could apply to the Zionist project in general. It's all a 'stupid thing' in the long view. We should move all the 'Israelis' out of Palestine and then see how many actually move back. That alone would probably end the whole bleak farce.
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