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Iran-Backed Hezbollah Decries Israeli Strike on Syria

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Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Lebanon’s Islamic militant group Hezbollah “strongly” denounced Israel’s strike against its ally Syria and called for widespread condemnation of the “barbaric aggression.”

Iran-backed Hezbollah is “fully” supportive of Syria’s leadership, army and people, the group said in a statement today carried by the official National News Agency. It said the attack was part of Israel’s attempts to “prevent any Arab or Islamic power from consolidating and improving its military and technological capabilities.”

The precise location of yesterday’s air strike was unclear. A Western official said the jets attacked Syrian trucks carrying anti-aircraft missiles for Hezbollah while Syria said the target was a defense research center in Jamraya, northwest of the capital, Damascus.

The U.S., the European Union and Israel consider Hezbollah to be a terrorist group.

To contact the reporter on this story: Donna Abu-Nasr in Beirut at dabunasr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net