Israel reportedly hits target on Syria-Lebanon border

Israeli forces reportedly attacked a target on the border of Syria and Lebanon this week, which could be the first sign that Syria is losing control of its chemical arsenal.

A Western diplomat and a security source told Reuters on Wednesday that the attack occurred in the border area. The anonymous sources, who declined to be named because of the issue's sensitivity, gave no additional information about what the target was or where exactly the attack occurred, reports.

The attack comes at a time when Israel is deeply concerned over the fate of chemical and conventional weapons under the control of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said on Sunday that any sign that Syria is losing its grip on its chemical arsenal during the struggle with rebel forces could trigger intervention by the Jewish state.

On Tuesday, Israeli sources said that Syria's advanced conventional weapons could be as much of a threat to Israel as chemical weapons if they fell into the hands of Hezbollah guerrillas or Syrian rebel forces.

On Tuesday night, the Lebanese army reported a major presence of Israeli jets over its territory.

"There was definitely a hit in the border area," an anonymous source said, according to

Israeli Defense Forces declined to comment on the reported attack, reports.