Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Israel hit Syria with 'quick strike' - US official

Israel hit Syria with 'quick strike' - US official
By Agence France Presse (AFP)

WASHINGTON: Israel carried out an air strike well inside Syria last week, apparently to send Damascus a message not to rearm Hizbullah in Lebanon, a US defense official said Tuesday. "It wasn't big. It was a quick strike. They were engaged by the Syrians, they dropped their ordnance and scooted out of there," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official did not know the target of the strike, which was conducted Thursday, but said the US military believed it was to send a message to the Syrians.

"The Israelis are trying to tell the Syrians: 'Don't support a resurgence of Hizbullah in Lebanon,'" the official said. Syria said its air defenses had opened fire on Israeli warplanes flying over the northeast of the country Thursday and warned it was weighing its response to the Israeli "aggression." But Israeli officials have made no comment on the allegations. - AFP

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