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Monday
Jul152013

Israel Reportedly Destroys Russian-Made Missiles in Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israel conducted another round of airstrikes inside Syria 10 days ago, according to unidentified U.S. officials, this time targeting Russian-made advanced anti-ship cruise missiles.

The Israeli government would neither confirm or deny the report since it has announced its neutrality in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

However, Israel is concerned about its security being compromised, especially if weaponry is suspected of being provided to its enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In the latest airstrike, a warehouse near Syria’s principal port city of Latakia was destroyed on July 5.  It reportedly contained missiles sold by Russia called the Yakhont.

Rebel forces said they had nothing to do with the attacks.

If confirmed, this would mark the fourth time this year that Israel has launched airstrikes in Syria.  The Pentagon had no comment about the latest action.

The missiles are worrisome to both Israel and the West because they could presumably strike ships that might carry supplies to opposition forces as well as threaten Israeli naval forces.

Israel is also concerned the rockets could fall into the hands of Hezbollah.

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