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US media: Israel launches new airstrike in Syria

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International News Desk, May 4 (EFE).- Israel's air force has launched its second airstrike this year on targets in Syria, several U.S. media outlets reported Saturday, citing U.S. government sources.

Israeli warplanes, without entering Syria's airspace, fired several missiles in an attack between Thursday night and early Friday targeting a shipment of Syrian weapons to the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah, according to NBC television.

The Israeli embassy in Washington declined to confirm the report, saying only that "Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, especially to Hezbollah in Lebanon."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, which has been working with Iran to supply Iranian weapons to Hezbollah, has received that Shiite organization's support in clashes between its security forces and Syria's predominantly Sunni rebels.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said that the possibility of American troops being deployed to Syria in a bid to remove Assad from power was a bad option.

"I do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in Syria, American boots on the ground in Syria, would not only be good for America, but also would be good for Syria," Obama said during a visit to Costa Rica.

Western media outlets reported that Israel on Jan. 30 launched an airstrike on a Syrian convoy heading to Lebanon to supply anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah, while the Syrian government said the destination of the shipment was a military research center in the province of Rif Dimashq.

Israel has not officially confirmed or denied carrying out the January airstrike.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130504/us-media-israel-launches-new-airstrike-syria