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Israeli jets pound Syria-Lebanon border, halting weapons transfer

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Israeli jets hit a weapons-transport convoy on the Syria-Lebanon border, according to Agence France Press citing witnesses who were not identified by name.

The witnesses didn't specify the exact location of the attack, which took place Tuesday night. An Israeli army spokeswoman, speaking anonymously in accordance with regulations, said she was checking the report.

The report comes three days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued warnings about dangers posed by Syria’s chemical-weapons arsenal.

“We must look around us, at what is happening in Iran and its proxies and at what is happening in other areas, with the deadly weapons in Syria, which is increasingly coming apart” Netanyahu told his Cabinet.

Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system was deployed last week at an unspecified site in the north closer to the Lebanese and Syrian borders, an army spokeswoman said on Jan. 27, 2013.

The Iron Dome was used to shoot down hundreds of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip during Israel’s November conflict with Hamas and other militant groups.

Syrian rebels, mostly Sunni Muslims, have been fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad since initially peaceful protests began in March 2011.

The United Nations says the 22 month-old conflict has left at least 60,000 people dead.