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Assad Transfers Missiles to Lebanese Border

Assad has transferred a advanced missiles to a border crossing used as a central route to transfer weapons to Hizbullah.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/3/2012, 10:00 PM

Syrian President Bashar Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad
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Syrian President Bashar Assad has transferred a battery of advanced missiles to the al-Masna border crossing, which is the central route used to transfer equipment and weapons to the Hizbullah terror group, Channel 10 News reported on Friday.

The report cited members of the Syrian opposition who said that one of two major chemical arsenals of the Syrian regime is located near that border crossing.

This facility is located just 24 kilometers from a missile base belonging to Hizbullah, Channel 10 noted. The secret base was first unveiled by the London Times newspaper in May of 2010.

The distance between the weapons facility and the Lebanese border crossing is 68 kilometers, meaning that if a war breaks out between Hizbullah and Israel, the terror group will be able to transfer the chemical weapons and missiles to Lebanese territory in a time period of between one and two hours.

Channel 10 further noted that Assad has deployed his anti-aircraft missiles ​​in the village of Yabous, a ridge overlooking the al-Masna border crossing.

The missile deployment is an apparent attempt to secure the route through which weapons are transferred between Syria and Hizbullah, in the event that Israel might attack convoys moving along the axis.

The report comes on the same day that it was reported that Russian warships were scheduled to dock in Syria.

Numerous international media outlets said on Friday that Russia was planning to dock three ships manned by marines to its naval base at Tartus in Syria. According to those reports, each ship has 120 marines. The ships were said to be currently stationed in the Mediterranean. Russia was quick to deny the reports.

Israel has expressed concerns that Assad’s chemical weapons will end up in the hands of Hizbullah if his regime falls.

Syria has admitted it has chemical weapons and has threatened to use them if attacked by external forces.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)