Conflicting reports emerge over purported Israeli airstrike in Lebanon

The Hezbollah flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Lebanese media reported on Tuesday that Israel had launched an airstrike in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley town of Brital against a Hezbollah terrorist outpost, which was later denied by both Hezbollah and its satellite TV station, Al-Manar.

According to Lebanon’s Daily Star, a Lebanese security source also denied that the airstrike took place, saying that Israeli jets only hovered over the area. The Israel Defense Forces would not comment on the purported airstrike, saying that it does not respond to foreign media reports. 

Hezbollah has been engaged in heavy fighting in the struck region, on behalf of the Syrian government, against the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra terror group and other rebels. 

Israel has previously carried out airstrikes against Hezbollah interests in Syria, often to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons from the Syrian and Iranian governments to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group. Earlier this year, Israel killed several top Hezbollah commanders and an Iranian general in an airstrike in the Syrian Golan Heights region. 

Posted on June 2, 2015 .