Hezbollah ‘missile base’ targeted by Israel

Photo: Hezbollah ‘missile base’ targeted by Israel / Arab-Israel Relations

Security sources told Al Arabiya News Channel late Monday that Israeli airstrikes targeted a site belonging to the Shiite Lebanese movement Hezbollah near the Lebanon-Syrian borders Al Arabiya reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the target was a Hezbollah "missile base." Sources told Al Arabiya that the airstrikes killed a number of Hezbollah members.

Meanwhile, Al Arabiya's correspondent said the Israeli army rejected to give a comment explaining these raids against its arch-enemy, Hezbollah.

The Hezbollah television station al-Manar said there had been "no raid on Lebanese territory," reporting only the "strong presence of enemy planes over the area north of Bekaa" in eastern Lebanon.

Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA) reported that the Israeli warplanes launched two raids targeting al-Nabi Shayth, a village located in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley near the Syria-Lebanon borders.

NNA added that there were also "intensive Israeli flights at very low altitude over the eastern and western mountains chains of Lebanon."

The independent Lebanese news channel MTV described the airstrikes as "mock raids" over Brital, Hor Ti'la, al-Nabi Shayth, al-Khidhar, and Ali al-Nahri; villages located in the bordering Bekaa valley.

Hezbollah bringing Syria missiles?

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France-Presse the target was a Hezbollah "missile base."

Al Arabiya's correspondent citing unconfirmed reports said Hezbollah's moving convoy was targeted because it tried to bring ballistic missiles from Syria to Lebanon.

Hezbollah has long support the Syrian government in its fight against rebels.

In recent months, several blasts were directed against Hezbollah-controlled areas and convoys in Beirut and the Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon.

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