Report: Israel attacked Hezbollah weapons shipment

Reported Israeli strike on weapons stockpile intended for Hezbollah near the Damascus airport in Syria, April 27, 2017 (Photo: screenshot)

Israeli warplanes appear to have attacked a weapons stockpile intended for the armed terror organization Hezbollah near the Damascus airport in Syria on Thursday morning, according to a report by the British news agency Reuters.

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, while not admitting to the attack, told Army Radio that “the incident is completely compatible with our policy of preventing weapons transfer to Hezbollah.”

“Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act,” the minister said. “We must prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria.”

Hezbollah is funded by Iran and Syria, and weapons are routinely trafficked from Iran through Syria to the organization, which is based near the Israeli border in southern Lebanon.

Israel has repeatedly warned that it would not allow “game-changing” weapons to reach Hezbollah. In the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel, something that Israel would like to prevent from reoccurring.