'Assad used 90 percent of missiles on rebels'

Senior Israeli official says Syria has used most of its ballistic missiles on rebels, but has also transferred a few to Hezbollah.

Elad Benari ,

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

A senior Israeli official on Wednesday told Reuters that Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels, but has also transferred a few to Hezbollah terrorists in neighboring Lebanon.

"The number of (Syrian) ballistic missiles left is less than 10 percent," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, but added, "That could still change. They could start making them again."

Hezbollah now has more than 100,000 rockets, including "around 10" advanced Scud-D missiles with conventional warheads supplied by Syria, the officer added.

The assessment falls some 50,000 short than one reported last week by the Walla! news website. According to that report, Hezbollah has no fewer than 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel.

A majority of the missiles are short-range, but the arsenal includes a large number of the long-range variety as well, and many Iranian rockets from Hezbollah's backers in Tehran.

Israel has reportedly adopted a policy of striking to prevent the transfer of advanced game-changing missiles en route to Hezbollah.

Last week, Arab media reported an Israeli airstrike on Damascus International Airport, with reports indicating power was knocked out and flights were temporarily halted after powerful explosions were heard.

Israel usually does not confirm nor deny that it is involved with these airstrikes.

Hezbollah has attacked Israel on numerous occasions, including a lethal cross border attack this January, and has fought two wars against the IDF in Lebanon.