Report: Israeli Jets Strike Convoy Along Syrian Border

Syria denies strike on convoy and said IAF struck a "research facility"

(CNN) -- Israeli fighter jets struck overnight a suspected Syrian convoy along the Lebanese-Syrian border believed to be moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

Fighter jets struck the vehicles because they were carrying SA-17 missile parts, a Russian-made medium-range delivery system, and equipment that could have been employed in an attack against Israel, another source told CNN.

But Damascus said the strike had instead targeted a research facility near the Syrian capital.

"Israeli warplanes penetrated our airspace at dawn today and directly bombed one of the scientific research centers responsible for raising the level of resistance and self-defense in the area of Jimraya in the Damascus countryside," the military said in a statement aired on state-run television. "This comes after multiple failed attempts over months by terrorist groups to enter and seize the mentioned site."[More...]

Hezbollah has been wanting to add extra weapons to their arsenal.

As @ChallahHuAkbar notes on "Syrian Research Facilities": "activities focus substantively on the development of biological and chemical weapons". Quoted via

Update and related: Analysis: Syria CERS center has long been on Israelís radar

Posted by: Stable Hand at 04:07 PM


1 'Research facility'. Heh.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 30, 2013 06:39 PM

2 I trust the Israeli's to use the appropriate weapon made to take out biowar, chemwar and radiologicalwar material specifically.
I would expect they used the same weapons for the convoy.
If it had been the islamofacist I'm sure the end result to be much worse and civilian and fellow muslim's most likely.
I hope they have enough paper cup and ear string gas masks to go around!

Posted by: obsidian at January 30, 2013 10:34 PM

3 The United Nations will say? Israel violated another nations airspace? Israel interfered with two countries trading with each other? Killed many civilians?
Had no proof of weapons on convoy? Convoy contained medical supplies?

Posted by: Frank at January 30, 2013 11:12 PM

4 The Syrians should be happy that is all they struck.

Posted by: Kafiroon at January 30, 2013 11:58 PM

5 Israeli Iron Domes are in place along the Syrian border.

Posted by: Bubbe at January 31, 2013 04:20 AM

6 I guess the Israeli's said screw the UN and and the Syrians, and did what they had to do. Good for them.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 31, 2013 07:35 AM

7 Now the question is: Since the only thing both sides in the Syrian conflict hate more than each other is Israel will this bring them together?
Don't underestimate Syria's military capabilities. The Russians have sold them the best. If Syria was shipping these new Russian missiles to Lebanon that means they have a good supply of them. Syria has sworn retaliation at the time and place of their choosing. Assad may be to busy with the rebellion to retaliate at this time. Or Assad may believe a retaliatory strike against Israel will bring him favor with not only his followers but with the fanatical types fighting against him.
One thing is for certain in the Middle East. Any attack on Israel will bring you favor with the masses, the religious fanatics and terrorists groups.

The convoy contains ANTI aircraft missiles. The claim will be they were for self defense not aggression against anyone. Which I guess is true. On the other hand Hezbollah isn't a country. Sort of like sending anti aircraft missiles to the Juarez Cartel so they can protect themselves from the America Government.

Posted by: Big Al at January 31, 2013 09:01 AM

8 Good work IDF, kill more of them. KILL ALL HIRABI'S!!!

Posted by: JusCruzn at January 31, 2013 09:11 AM

9 I see that Iran is now entering the fray. Claiming they will join Syria in retaliatory strikes against Israel. If it does Iran is going to learn that it's pack with Pakistan and Iraq is nothing but hot air.

Posted by: Big Al at January 31, 2013 09:30 AM

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