Israel Again Strikes Syria
Targets missiles believed headed for Hezbollah
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2013 5:58 AM CDT
In this authenticated image, smoke fills the sky over Damascus, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Israeli planes struck in and around the Syrian capital, targeting missiles thought to be headed to Hezbollah.   (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

(Newser) – Israel has again struck Syria, this time in a series of airstrikes in and around Damascus last night that targeted a shipment of Iranian-made missiles Israel believed were headed Hezbollah's way. "In last night's attack, as in the previous one, what was attacked were stores of Fateh-110 missiles that were in transit from Iran to Hezbollah," an intelligence source tells Reuters. Syrian state news said that the Jamraya military and scientific research was hit; it added that there were casualties, but did not give a number. "Night turned into day," said a witness.

The presence of Fateh-110 missiles would be a "game-changer," according to a missile expert, because they would put almost all of Israel within striking distance. An Israeli source tells the AP that the strikes are an Israeli signal to Iran that "when they define red lines and they are crossed, (the Israelis) take it seriously." Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu made no reference to the strikes, and kept his public schedule in a move that Reuters says indicates little fear of reprisals.

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May 5, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
Any nation with resources and common sense would do the same to protect itself against attack and possible annihilation. Anyone who blames this on the defender has a lot of agenda but no integrity or honesty.
May 5, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
Well, well...about time someone directly concerned is taking action. Keep us out of this mess. Thank you Israel for learning to walk. We have given you the strollers, now use them. 1942
May 5, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
As long as it is Israeli troops instead of American troops, I'm fine with that.