IAF chief: Northern front must be minded amid Syria unrest

December 21, 2011 16:59


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The situation in Syria is unstable and the IDF needs to keep a watchful eye on daily developments along its northern front, Commander of the Israeli Air Force Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan said Wednesday.

"We are following events in Syria all the time because what happens there could impact the region," Nehushtan said during a briefing at the Palmachim Air Force Base in central Israel.

Nehushtan's comments came as Israel is increasingly concerned about the possibility that Syria will transfer advanced weaponry, such as long-range missiles and sophisticated surface-to-air missile systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah has been reported to be making efforts to transfer such weapons from Syria over concern that they could potentially be lost if Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime is toppled.

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