Hezbollah Denies Reports of Israeli Airstrike on Weapons Convoy
The Lebanon-based Palestinian terror group Hezbollah denied claims that Israel Air Force (IAF) warplanes had struck one of its convoys along the Syrian-Lebanese border, in a statement broadcast on Lebanon’s NBN Television.
This was in response to a report on Tuesday by Israel’s Channel 2 — based on Arab media and Syrian opposition websites — that IAF fighter jets targeted a Hezbollah weapons convoy near Majdal Anjar, located near the border and described as a Syrian rebel “safe haven,” as it headed deeper into Lebanon.
Tuesday’s alleged airstrike is not the first time Israel has targeted weapons convoys headed for Syrian government forces from their ally, Hezbollah, during the course of the five-year civil war between the Assad regime and various opposition groups.
In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted publicly, for the first time, that Israel has carried out strikes along its border region to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy.
“We act when we need to act, including here across the border, with dozens of strikes meant to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining game-changing weaponry,” he said.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly threatened Israel with attack since the Second Lebanon war against the terror group in 2006, boasting possession of advanced weaponry. “We have all sorts of arms that come to your mind. The resistance in Lebanon has everything the enemy can image and not image [sic],” Nasrallah said in an early 2015 speech.
Israel has not issued a statement on Tuesday’s alleged strike.