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Report: Israel Targets Hizbullah Arms Depot in Qalamoun

Controversial reports surfaced on Saturday over an alleged Israeli airstrike on Hizbullah and Syrian military posts in the strategic Qalamoun region.

Al-Arabiya's Al-Hadath TV channel reported on Saturday that Israel targeted overnight a missile depot in the region.

According to the channel, the airstrike was preceded by an Israeli raid on Wednesday that targeted a convoy carrying arms belonging to Hizbullah, which killed one person.

However, Israeli authorities refused to comment on the reports.

Witness revealed that the Israeli airstrike targeted the bases of Syrian army brigades 155 and 65 in and a depot for Hizbullah's long-range missiles.

Hizbullah has been taking part in the fighting in Syria for over four years now, arguing that its participation is necessary to protect Lebanon from extremist groups.

Though the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front both have roots in al-Qaida, IS has formally broken with the group, while Nusra is its official branch in Syria.

Despite ideological similarities, the two groups are opposed and in conflict with each other in other parts of Syria, particularly in the north.

But in Qalamoun, their fighters battled the regime and Hizbullah forces alongside each other, with support from some smaller Islamist rebel groups, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Source: Agence France Presse


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