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Lebanon-Syria border experiences Israeli airstrikes

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Lebanon's state news agency confirmed on Monday, February 24, 2014, that its Lebanese-Syrian border had experienced two Israeli airstrikes(Associated Press, 2014). The agency did not state the reason for the attack, but revealed that it had taken place in a village in the eastern Bekaa Valley(Associated Press, 2014). The border has become notorious as a passage for the smuggling of people and weapons between the two countries(Associated Press, 2014). Of particular concern is the presence of Hezbollah in the area, especially in light of the warfare between Hezbollah, and Israel's arch-enemy, Israael, in 2006. "Israeli officials believe Hezbollah has restocked its arsenal with tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, some of which are capable of striking virtually anywhere in the Jewish state"(Associated Press, 2014). The airstrike comes amid an especially intense relationship between Israel and Syria:

While Israel has tried to stay out of the war in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened to take military action to prevent Syria from transferring sophisticated weapons to its ally Hezbollah. Over the past year, Israel has carried out several airstrikes inside Syria to halt suspected shipments of advanced missiles, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and guided missiles from Iran, from reaching Hezbollah. Israel has never confirmed the airstrikes(Associated Press, 2014).

Associated Press. "Israeli airstrikes near Lebanon-Syria border." Web. 24 February 2014. Retrieved from: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0224/Israeli-airst...

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