U.S. warns Syria against weapons transfer to Hezbollah
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. warned Syria on Thursday against transferring weapons to Hezbollah following reports that Israeli warplanes hit Lebanon-bound lorries loaded with surface-to-air missiles near Damascus.
Ben Rhodes, White House’s deputy national security advisor, issued the warning saying such transfer will further destabilize the region.
Rhodes did not provide details of the Israeli airstrike, which Syria claimed destroyed a military research facility in Jamraya, killed two people and wounded five others on Tuesday night.
On Thursday, the Syrian ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdel-Karim Ali, warned that Syria may retaliate with a surprise attack on Israel to defend the country.
Iran and Hezbollah, which is regarded by Israel and the U.S. as a terrorist group, also condemned the airstrike, which Israel has yet to confirm or deny.
The foreign ministry of Russia, a staunch ally of Syria, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the airstrike.