Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes near Damascus overnight; Hezbollah claims IDF planted spy gear in southern Lebanon

Airstrikes reportedly targeted weapons convoy en route to Hezbollah & Syrian Army post; Mixed reports claim strikes carried out in Syria and in Lebanon; Hezbollah claims IDF planted spy gear in southern Lebanon Wednesday

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet (Reuters)

 

The Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes northeast of Damascus overnight reportedly targeting a Hezbollah weapons convoy, Hezbollah additionally claiming that the IDF planted spyware devices in southern Lebanon.

According to mixed reports from Lebanese media, the airstrikes were carried out from Lebanese airspace between 3:00-4:00 am on targets in the Qalamoun Mountains, reports claiming Syrian Army positions and Syrian weapons convoys en route to Hezbollah in Al-Qutayfah were targeted.

The Syrian Army post targeted was that of the 155th Battalion reportedly, the battalion known for weapons transfers to Hezbollah in the past.

There were also reports that the airstrikes also hit a target in Lebanon with no details given. Hezbollah denied any attacks were carried out in Lebanon or even in Syria on Wednesday morning, claiming, however, that the IDF planted spy devices in southern Lebanon in the Qurum a-Shiqui region.

The terrorist organization claimed that they found cameras powered by solar transmitters on Wednesday morning and that the IDF infiltrated into Lebanon and planted the devices.

Residents in Syria and in the town of Al Katif reported explosions, with no reports of injuries. Residents of the Lebanese town of Nahla also reported hearing explosions.

As with all almost all covert Israeli operations in Syria, the IDF refused to comment on the airstrikes.

Israel reportedly last carried out airstrikes in Syria on January 13th of this year, the IAF thwarting a weapons transfer to Hezbollah from a military airport west of Damascus. Syrian media reported that that airstrikes killed a Syrian military officer and left several others dead.

The Syrian Army responded to the attacks, warning Israel that “The Syrian army command and armed forces warn the Israeli enemy of the repercussions of this blatant attack and stresses it will continue its war on terrorism,” warning that it would “amputate the arms of the perpetrators”.

In December, Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria, thwarting an attempted transfer of chemical weapons to Hezbollah. In a rare confirmation of the attacks, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed the attacks. He stated at the time, “We will not allow any harm to come to the Israeli public; we will not allow anyone to undermine Israel’s sovereignty; and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah. One very important thing that everyone has to understand, is that Israel makes its own decisions, freely, within the scope of the policy, and there are no other limitations or circumstances to consider.”