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Israeli strike targets Lebanon-bound weapons in Syria

A confidential diplomatic source has revealed to Al-Monitor that the recent Israeli strikes in Syria targeted weapons originating from Moscow and destined for Lebanon.
EILAT, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 09:  An Israeli F-16 jet takes off on December 9, 2014 at the Ovda airbase in the Negev Desert near Eilat, southern Israel. Israel and Greece concluded a Joint Air Forces drill during the joint IDF-Hellenic Air Force drill week. On Sunday, official Syrian media reported that Israeli jets had bombed targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas, north of Damascus and near the border with Lebanon.  (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

On condition of anonymity, a well-informed diplomatic source in Beirut has revealed to Al-Monitor details about the Dec. 7 Israeli strike on Syrian sites. The source confirmed that the Israeli Air Force did indeed carry out a dual attack on Syrian territory. Its planes bombed two sites, both of great strategic significance.

The diplomatic source said that the first strike targeted logistical facilities near a small airport in Dimas, just west of Damascus, near the road linking the Syrian and Lebanese capitals, while the second targeted Damascus International Airport.

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