Syria gave Hizbollah missiles, says Israel
Israel's president has accused Syria of double-dealing amid allegations that Damascus has handed over Scud missiles to the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hizbollah.
Reports claim that Hizbollah operatives have been trained in the use of Scuds, some models of which could hit any city in Israel from Lebanon.
They say Israel is threatening to bomb targets in both Lebanon and Syria if additional claims that the missiles have been physically moved across the border and placed under Hizbollah control are verified.
"Syria claims it wants peace while at the same time it delivers Scuds to Hizbollah whose only goal is to threaten the state of Israel," Shimon Peres, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Israeli president, said yesterday.
The US, which has been moving towards closer relations with Syria, is said to be alarmed.
Hizbollah is known to have a large stock of short and medium-range missiles, which it has been replenishing since its war with Israel in 2006.
About 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed in the conflict as Israel launched an all-out attack on Hizbollah positions. Hizbollah responded with rocket attacks on Israeli towns.
Hizbollah has suggested that a resumption of war with Israel is inevitable. Syrian officials have said that in the event of conflict it would not "sit idly by" as it did four years ago.
Syria has denied supplying Scuds to Hizbollah.
Meanwhile, Israel issued an "urgent" warning to its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula citing "concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai." (© Daily Telegraph, London)