BEIRUT: Bent on halting any transfer of weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Israel has bombarded a position of the powerful Shiite group on the Lebanon-Syria border, sources say.
On Monday night, “two Israeli raids hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria,” a Lebanese security source told AFP.
Lebanon’s National News Agency confirmed the report, adding that the raids struck the countryside of the Lebanese town of Nabi Sheet on the border.
Residents of the area said that the raid took place inside Lebanese territory.
Hezbollah is an arch-enemy of Israel, and has sent thousands of fighters across the border to aid Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as it battles Sunni-led rebels.
Syria has long provided arms and other aid to Hezbollah, and served as a key conduit of Iranian military aid to the movement, which battled Israel to a bloody stalemate in 2006.
Nabi Sheet is a bastion of Hezbollah, and the group has a suspected weapons store and training camp there.
Residents told AFP they saw flares light up the sky ahead of the raids, which shook their houses.
They said they heard planes flying low and that the target appeared to be a Hezbollah position in the mountains near the town.
There was no official comment on the raids from Hezbollah, the Lebanese government or Syria.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asked about the raid on Tuesday, responded cryptically.
“We are doing everything that is necessary in order to defend the security of Israel,” he said.
“We will not say what we’re doing or what we’re not doing.”