Hezbollah Denies Reports Israel Attacked Site Near Syria Border

Israel Mum on Reports of Airstrikes in Bekaa Valley

Early today, Lebanese media outlets were reporting Israeli airstrikes against a Hezbollah site in Brital, in the Bekaa Valley along the border with Syria. There were also claims of a Hezbollah bomb strike along the Israeli border, though this was never reported in the Israeli press, and likely did not happen.

Hezbollah is denying the reports, insisting no airstrikes took place in either Lebanon or Syria. The Israeli military, as usual, refused to discuss the matter at all, insisting they don’t respond to foreign reports about what they did or didn’t attack.

Israel has repeatedly attacked Hezbollah targets in both Lebanon and Syria during the civil war, killing a number of the Shi’ite militia’s fighters involved in the anti-ISIS campaign in Syria, and fueling growing tensions along their mutual borders.

It is hard to believe Hezbollah would be able to keep the attack quiet enough that it is unclear if it happened or not, however, and usually Hezbollah uses reports of Israeli strikes as a way to try to petition Iran and other allies for more backing to resist them.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.