Israeli Air Force jets conducted an overnight strike against a convoy of advanced weapons being transferred from Syria to Damascus’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah, according to reports that emerged early Wednesday. Israeli officials and international analysts have been expressing increasingly pointed concerns regarding the security of Syria’s nonconventional arsenal, which is the world’s largest stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. Israel has long warned that it will intervene to prevent the transfer of advanced Syrian weapons to any of the terrorist groups aligned with or against the Bashar al-Assad regime. On Sunday Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom reiterated the so-called Israeli “red line”, emphasizing that Jerusalem would take action if it detected signs that Damascus was losing control of its chemical weapons to the increasingly Islamist-dominated opposition groups battling the regime.
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