Hezbollah refused to comment Sunday on reports that Israel targeted its interests on the Syria-Lebanon border over the weekend.News outlets reported Saturday that Israeli fighter jets hit Syrian and Hezbollah targets on the Syria-Lebanon border overnight Friday. When contacted by The Daily Star, a Hezbollah spokesman refused to confirm or deny the reports.
According to sources quoted by Al-Jazeera, the attack in the Syrian region of Qalamoun targeted the 155th and 65th Brigades of the Syrian Army, which deal with strategic weapons and long-range missiles. The sources reported several explosions in the Syrian towns of Al-Qutayfa, Yabroud and Qara on the outskirts of Damascus.
Al-Arabiya news channel reported that the attack targeted Syrian weapons depots, and that Wednesday Israel allegedly attacked two weapons convoys, reportedly killing one person.
Sources confirmed to Lebanese news site Elnashra Saturday that Israel had attacked Syrian posts near Qara.
The Israeli Army declined to respond to the reports. Syrian regime-affiliated media and Hezbollah-affiliated media have not reported the attack so far.
Sources told Israel’s Ynet that the Israeli air force has carried out several raids against targets in Syria, including depots storing weapons meant for Hezbollah, since the conflict there started four years ago.
Israel last attacked Hezbollah in January, when an Israeli helicopter struck in Syria’s Golan Heights, killing top Hezbollah commander Mohammad Issa, along with Iranian commander Mohammad Allahdadi, and Jihad Mughniyeh and four other Hezbollah fighters.
Although Israel has never confirmed that it carried out the strikes, it has been vocal about its policy of preventing the transfer of arms to Hezbollah.
Separately, a Hezbollah MP dismissed a media report claiming that the party possesses an airstrip in northeast Lebanon used to land its arsenal of drones. “The defined area does not contain any airstrip. If there was an airstrip or works to build one, all the residents of the Baalbek valley would have seen it with their own eyes,” Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Walid Sukkarieh said in comments published Saturday. The comments came after an article in Jane’s Defense Weekly said it had discovered what it believed to be an airstrip near the Bekaa Valley town of Hermel, built by Hezbollah to fly its drones. It published satellite images taken from Google of the site. "The location mentioned by the magazine, which is 10 kilometers south of Hermel and 18 kilometers west of the Lebanese-Syrian border, contains my own village, al-Fakiha,” Sukkarieh said, describing the area in question as agricultural land. The report Thursday had suggested that the location contained an airstrip that Hezbollah built for its drones between Feb. 27, 2013, and June 19, 2014.