Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/31/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Going beneath radar level, warplanes strike military targets

The Syrian army has confirmed an Israeli airstrike against a military research center near Damascus, killing two people. Israeli jets crossed into Syria below radar level and carried out airstrikes against military targets.

Jets entered the Syrian airspace via Mount Hermon, or Jabal el-Sheikh in Arabic, the army said. 'They... carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building,' state television quoted the military as saying.

Jets entered the Syrian airspace via Mount Hermon, or Jabal el-Sheikh in Arabic, the army said. "They... carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building," state television quoted the military as saying.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/31/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, Hezbollah, Israel, airstrike, radar, Bashar al-Assad


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's not yet known as to what the exact nature of the target of the air strike was. Syrian state media says that the strikes targeted a military research center near Damascus. Regional security sources told international news agencies that the target was a convoy of trucks, allegedly carrying anti-aircraft missiles for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

"Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defense," the army's general command said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA.
 
The strike came "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site," the statement added. "Terrorist groups" are the term President Bashar al-Assad's government uses for rebel fighters.

Jets entered the Syrian airspace via Mount Hermon, or Jabal el-Sheikh in Arabic, the army said. "They... carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building," state television quoted the military as saying.

Two site workers were killed in the strike and five others wounded.

The Syrian army and Hezbollah have both denied earlier reports that the overnight air strike had targeted a weapons convoy from Syria to the armed group in Lebanon. News agencies quoted U.S. and regional officials as saying that Israel had conducted an air strike inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks.

"The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon," one Western diplomat said.

A source among rebels fighting Assad said an air strike around dawn blasted a convoy on a mountain track about five kilometers south of where the main Damascus-Beirut highway crosses the border.

Israel had allegedly been planning for days leading up to the air strike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for Hezbollah, saying the shipment included sophisticated Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically "game-changing" in the hands of Hezbollah.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the strike.

Hezbollah has denied the report, terming the Israeli strikes a "raid of aggression" and criticizing the international community for not speaking out against it.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Middle East

ISLAMIC STATE PREPARES CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST Watch

Image of Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee Mosul or be put to death. It's the start of a campaign of genocide. Leave with nothing or die.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Imagine you've been given a choice, and just days to make it. You must either change your religion, agree to pay thousands of dollars each year in punishing taxes, or you must leave your home with just the clothes on your back. No suitcases, no possessions. If you ... continue reading


Christian Monks expelled from Iraqi monastery as ISIS Islamists fighters ruthlessly sieze it Watch

Image of An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waving the Islamic Jihad flag and holding up their weapons as a vehicle drives on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Saint Behnam, a fourth-century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh in Iraq has been overrun by jihadists. Members of the Islamic State expelled the monks from the monastery this past weekend, sources ... continue reading


THINGS TO COME? ISIS stones Syrian woman to death over 'adultery charges' Watch

Image of Many fear that the recent stoning incident proves that ISIS will impose a brutal regime over the areas they seize.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Al-Qaeda-breakaway group, the Islamic State, has now stoned a woman to death for adultery in Syria. It was the first such execution carried out in the region, and depicts the stranglehold this radical group now has over the region of northern Syria. LOS ... continue reading


CRIES FOR HELP: Head of Iraq's Catholic Church issues appeal 'to all who have a living conscience' Watch

Image of ISIS had reportedly marked the doors of Christians in red last month. Patriarch Sako's letter confirms that rumor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an appeal "to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world," Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq's Catholic Church, has issued a plea for international support. He says that the situation for Iraq's Christians has been steadily ... continue reading


Israel authorizes another call up of 18,000 reserve troops as Gaza offensives continues Watch

Image of Israeli troops have pushed into the Gaza strip in an attempt to target and weaken Hamas militants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Israeli military has pushed deeper into the Gaza strip, destroying rocket launching sites and tunnels and clashing with Palestinian fighters. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Israel began this military operation on July 17, in an attempt to weaken Hamas ... continue reading


UNBELIEVABLE: 20 rockets found at United Nations agency in Gaza Watch

Image of This latest incident would confirm Israel's oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Some 20 rockets were found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The weapons were found in "the course of the regular inspection of its premises," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said in a statement. The agency ... continue reading


Ground invasion more likely, in spite of ceasefire in Gaza Watch

Image of Relatives of a 25-year-old Palestinian man who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, mourn over his body during his funeral on July 16 in Gaza City.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Israel agreed to cease fire on Gaza for five hours to allow humanitarian aid into the Palestinian territory. Israel at the same time warned that the likelihood of a ground invasion was growing, just as long as militants in Gaza kept up rocket attacks. LOS ... continue reading


What is the mysterious object found in the Sea of Galilee? Watch

Image of A strange object has been found in the Sea of Galilee, twice the size of the ancient Stonehenge monument in England.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mysterious structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a 747 jet has been discovered under 30 feet of water, underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The circular structure was first discovered in 2003 when they used ... continue reading


Guest Commentary: Headline: Israel Hits Gaza (Gaza hits Israel? Shhh!) Watch

Image of Ken Blackwell, a visiting professor at the Liberty University School of Law and serves on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Bob Morrison is a senior Fellow at Family Research Council, in Washington, D.C.

By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

When Hamas rockets rain down on Israeli cities and towns-and homes, schools, and hospitals, it is not news. It happens ever day, so it becomes like a weather report. Thousands of Hamas rockets have been fired at Israeli homes. Thousands. This coverage brings to ... continue reading


KETTLE CALLING POT BLACK? Taliban warns ISIS to 'avoid extremism' Watch

Image of The Afghan Taliban has urged the Sunni faction, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against Shi'ite Muslim groups in Iraq, to avoid

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an extraordinary gesture, suggesting that ISIS is overstepping the line a bit in its assault on Iraq. No less than the Taliban militants in Afghanistan are warning ISIS insurgents fighting in Iraq to "avoid extremism" in a plea for unity among jihadists. ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Song of Songs 3:1-4
1 On my bed at night I sought the man who is my ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2 Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, seeing ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:1-2, 11-18
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Mary Magdelene
July 22: She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter