Hezbollah Denies Reports Israel Strikes Sites in Syria

Attacks Reported Around Outskirts of Damascus

Reports originating in the Lebanese media claim Israel carried out overnight airstrikes against a Syrian military convoy carrying arms for Hezbollah on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus. The warplanes were said to have entered from Lebanese airspace.

Israel has repeatedly attacked Syrian arms convoys throughout the civil war, with an eye toward preventing those arms from reaching Hezbollah, which is involved in the anti-ISIS fight. At the same time, the Israeli government has made a policy of not commenting on its attacks, and today’s was no different.

Hezbollah was quick to issue a statement regarding the most recent report, however, insisting it was totally untrue, and that the Israeli planes were simply conducting surveillance over Lebanon. Syria has not commented either way on the matter.

Though Israeli officials didn’t comment on the matter directly, they did downplay the chances of a new war against Hezbollah in the near-term, saying the group’s morale is too low because of its involvement in the Syrian war. Russian officials also assured that Hezbollah’s deployment in Syria was temporary, and would end as soon as the war does.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.