Israeli Jets Attack Hezbollah in Lebanon
The Israeli air force struck the terrorist group, Hezbollah, in Lebanon, amidst reports that Syrian smuggled some of its chemical weapons and rockets into the Bekaa Valley. The attack was at night and 12 IDF jets flew sorties for many hours attacking suspected sites and convoys. It is unknown exactly what was attacked and the results of it, but according to reports from Lebanon the Israeli attack came during the night of January 29-30. The last time the IDF conducted an air raid was back in 2011.
Israel installed its iron Dome air defense system last week fearing that the current Syrian war will spill over as the situation degenerates and Assad becomes more desperate. Reports seem to indicate that Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon, already has some medium and long range missiles. It would make sense for Assad to transfer some chemical weapons into Lebanon since Syria has been there since the 1980's and once, tried to build a nuclear reactor there before the IDF destroyed. It is thought that because of the inclement weather there, Hezbollah was or has been smuggling these weapons from Syria, only a two hour drive! However, the sophisticated electronics of the IDF aircraft have been able to detect and fire on the suspected convoys.
Moving the chemical weapons does not take large trucks to do so, especially, in small amounts. Yet, it only takes a small amount to cause massive loss in an urban area. Knowing Hezbollah, this will no doubt escalate with Iran's blessings. If this occurs, it will actually help Iran defer attention away from its nuclear weapons processing. For Iran, having Iran attack its proxy is better than having the IDF bomb its own nuclear sites.