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Hezbollah Says Syria Will Supply ‘Game-Changing’ Weapons

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- The head of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah movement said Syria will supply his group with “game-changing” weapons and his fighters are ready to support any popular resistance to liberate the Golan Heights.

Hassan Nasrallah said Syria has several options to respond to Israeli strikes in the vicinity of Damascus on May 5, including sending sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah and opening the Golan Heights to action by what he termed the popular resistance. Israel has not officially confirmed it was responsible.

Speaking to supporters in Beirut via video link broadcast on the group’s Manar TV, Nasrallah said the aim of Israel’s strikes was to subjugate Syria and prevent his group from building up its arsenal.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Middle East war. While there have been no major military exchanges in the area for decades, Israeli forces have returned fire in the area several times this year.

Nasrallah said that Syria will give sophisticated arms to the group, which will be accepted “even if if they are game-changing.” Israel regards Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and says it won’t allow the group to receive shipments of advanced weapons.

As many as five Syrian soldiers died in the airstrike, the Hezbollah leader said. The strike hit a military research center in Jamraya, northwest of the capital.

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

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