Tensions Spike After New Israeli Strikes in Syria

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BEIRUT (AP) - Israeli airstrikes in Syria's capital are raising fears the civil war there could widen into a regional conflict.

A senior Israeli official says today's operation targeted precision-guided missiles Israel believes were being shipped to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. The official says the guidance systems are better than anything Hezbollah is known to have in its arsenal

Syria is warning that it will "defend its people by all available means," but its response to the strike has been relatively muted. Syria calls the attacks a "flagrant violation of international law" that has made the Middle East "more dangerous."

In a letter sent to the United Nations and the U.N. Security Council, Syria sats the attacks aim "to give direct military support to terrorist groups" fighting the government.

Israel has deployed two batteries of its Iron Dome rocket defense system to the north of the country. The military said it moved the batteries as part of "ongoing situational assessments."

Meanwhile, activists say Syrian rebels have occupied parts of a military air base in northern Syria that's been under siege for months. The Aleppo Media Center says rebels captured a tank unit inside the base and that the base commander was killed. Rebels have attacked bases around the country in an attempt to deprive the army of the air power used to target anti-government forces.

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