Israeli warplanes twice bombed a Hezbollah base along the Lebanon-Syria border late Monday night, according to Arab media.
The target of the strikes was believed to be a fresh shipment of ballistic missiles from Syria to its Hezbollah allies. Israel has attacked weapons convoys en route to Hezbollah several times in recent years.
Lebanese and other Arab media reported that a number of Hezbollah operatives were killed in the strikes.
The Israeli army declined to either confirm or deny the Jewish state’s involvement in the attack, but one officer told Reuters that “we have known for some time that there are efforts to move serious weaponry from Syria to Lebanon.”
Israel has carefully avoided being drawn into the ongoing Syrian civil war, in which Hezbollah is playing a very active role. But Jerusalem has repeatedly warned that it will not allow the conflict to be used as cover to provide Hezbollah with even more advanced and deadly weapons with which to threaten the Jewish state.