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Israel Hits Long Range Iranian Missiles Sent to Hezbollah via Syria

The Fateh-110 is a single-stage missile produced by Iran, with at least a 200-mile range and a payload of 1500 lbs.
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Sources in Israel have confirmed that the country’s air force launched a strike in Syria against what are believed to be stockpiles of weapons headed for the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon, the Voice of America reported.

There has been no official statement on the attack from the Israeli government.

It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory aimed at disrupting the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah. According to the NY Times, the missiles, known as Fateh-110s, had been sent to Syria by Iran and were being stored at an airport in Damascus when they were struck in the attack, according to an American official.

Syrians with knowledge of security and military matters confirmed the strike to the NY Times, saying it took place overnight Thursday, and saying that Iran had sent arms and rockets to Damascus International Airport intending to for them to be shipped to Hezbollah.

CNN quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel most likely conducted the strike “in the Thursday-Friday time frame” and its jets did not enter Syrian air space.

The attack took place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved it in a secret meeting on Thursday night, an Israeli anonymous source said.

The Daily Star of Lebanon noted that the Israeli air force has so-called “standoff” bombs that coast dozens of miles across ground to their targets once fired. That could, in theory, allow Israel to attack Syria from its own turf or from adjacent Lebanon.

Lebanese authorities reported unusually intensive Israeli air force activity over their territory on Thursday and Friday.

A Lebanese security source said his initial impression was that Israeli flights were monitoring potential arms shipments between Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“We believe that it is linked to Israel’s concerns over the transfer of weapons, particularly chemical weapons, from Syria to its allies Lebanon,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

Syrian Fateh 110 series tactical ballistic missile

Syrian Fateh 110 series tactical ballistic missile

The Fateh-110 is a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface missile which, as of 2012, is reported to have at least a 200-mile range. It is produced by Iran. That’s well beyond the distance from southern Lebanon, Hezbollah’s stronghold, and Tel Aviv. It carries a 1500 lbs. warhead.

Qassim Saadedine, a commander and spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army, said: “Our information indicates there was an Israeli strike on a convoy that was transferring missiles to Hezbollah. We have still not confirmed the location.”

According to the Daily Star of Lebanon, Rebel units were in disagreement about what type of weapons were in the convoy. A rebel from an information-gathering unit in Damascus that calls itself “The Syrian Islamic Masts Intelligence” said the convoy carried anti-aircraft missiles.

The rebel, who asked not to be named, said: “There were three strikes by Israeli F-16 jets that damaged a convoy carrying anti-aircraft missiles heading to the Shiite Lebanese party [Hezbollah] along the Damascus-Beirut military road.

“One strike hit a site near the [Syrian] Fourth Armoured Division in al-Saboura but we have been unable to determine what is in that location”.

Saadedine said he did not think the weapons were anti-aircraft. “We have nothing confirmed yet but we are assuming that it is some type of long-range missile that would be capable of carrying chemical materials,” he said.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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15 Responses to “Israel Hits Long Range Iranian Missiles Sent to Hezbollah via Syria”

  1. God Bless Israel!

  2. Israel! Good work!

  3. IS THE BIBLE’S PROPHECY ABT DAMASCUS BEING MADE A HEAP OF RUBBLE ABT TO BE FULFILLED AND WILL THAT LEAD TO WAR MENTIONED IN PSALM 83

  4. Nice to know SOMEBODY’S doing the right thing in the region!

  5. You go Israel. You have a Real Leader in your country that knows how to back up your stand on a red line. We continue to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

  6. Attack Iran NOW! Those bastards over there should be taught a real hard lesson. To hell with the UN. It's the world's most inept institution.

  7. Anonymous says:

    DESPITE what you may see or hear from the U.S. ‘Statist’ Media – Most Americans are Cheering for you today – and REALLY embarrassed that WE were not there to help. CONGRADULATIONS – YOU GO ISRAEL! You make me proud – and I’m not even Jewish!

  8. Benjamin Netanyahu for PRESIDENT…OF THE U.S.

  9. Gil Gilman says:

    Didn't Iran and its puppet Syria threaten a surprise attack against Israel back in January. as a result of the IDF taking out some anti-aircraft missiles? It was reported in Iranian and Russian news reports that war was only hours away? That would have been a surprise, but not to the IDF. Iran, Syria, their supporters really know how to rattle those sabres.

  10. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    It was interesting to watch the obama orchestrated Democratic Party convention and its staged demonization of Jews and Israel. Yet poll after poll shows support for the Jewish State is at an all time high, while the vast majority of Americans view the Palestinians as one of the 5 most dangerous threats to Americans and global freedom. Not surprising, the carpetbagger obama cares only about what will generate the most revenue for him

  11. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Israel takes iran/syria's comments as seriously as the world takes obamas: With a glass of wine and a hearty laugh

  12. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    YIsrael -keep the red line -Hashem is watching over the jewish people!
    should Iran attack—nuke the son of a bitch!

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