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Israeli army 'may act to stop Syria weapons smuggling'

May 30, 2012 9:51 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2012 7:15 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will consider using military action to intercept the transfer of weaponry or other weapons from Syria to groups like Hezbollah, an Israeli army official said Wednesday.

Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan made the remarks during an anniversary conference marking Israel's first war in Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post, an English-language Israeli daily, reported.

He said the first challenge for Israel would be to obtain intelligence that such a transfer has taken place, but that once Israel knew it would need to consider action, the Post reported.

Golan's remarks came a day after Western powers expelled Syria's envoys in outrage at a massacre of 108 people, almost half of them children.

The killings in the town of Houla drew a chorus of condemnation from around the world, with the UN saying entire families were killed in their homes on Friday, some by army tanks and others probably by pro-Assad militia.

Peace envoy Kofi Annan has urged President Bashar Assad to take bold steps to halt the bloodshed, while others declared a negotiated solution between Assad and the opposition less likely than ever.
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