BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. officials say Israel was targeting a weapons convoy when it launched a rare airstrike inside Syria late Tuesday.
The convoy was believed to contain anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
Regional security officials say the strike targeted a site near the Lebanese border, while a Syrian army statement says it destroyed a military research center northwest of Damascus.
Regional officials say the weapons shipment included sophisticated Russian-made SA-17 aircraft missiles, which if acquired by Hezbollah would be "game-changing," enabling the militants to shoot down Israeli aircraft.
Syria's military denies the existence of any such shipment. They say two workers were killed at the research center and five others were wounded.
The Israeli military is declining comment.
166-c-14-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"the Lebanese guerrillas"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports Israel's air force has attacked a target in Syria. (30 Jan 2013)
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165-c-14-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"anti-aircraft missiles"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports Israeli warplanes have struck a target inside Syria. (30 Jan 2013)
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164-v-27-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Israel has struck a target on the Lebanon-Syria border. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (30 Jan 2013)
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APPHOTO NY201: This graphic shows the location of a Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 Israeli airstrike on a military target in Jamraya, Syria, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the border with Lebanon. (AP Graphic) (30 Jan 2013)
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