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Turning -- to Israel where warplanes have struck Syria for second time this year US officials are confirming the strike against a Syrian weapons facility there.
Israel is saying it was intercepting weapons bound for Hezbollah militants.
-- Powell is joining us live now from our Middle East bureau with the very latest -- On the Israeli officials say late Thursday night early Friday morning Israeli jets struck a shipment of -- -- Long range missiles reportedly bound for Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon now.
These shipman appears to have been a stockpile of conventional weapons not chemical weapons so far the Syrian government has not responded to the strike.
As the Syrian civil war spirals out of control Israel has been watching for weapons transfers and is beefed up its troop presence along its border with Syria.
Of course the US Israel and neighboring countries like Turkey and Jordan are terrified at the Asad regime may use chemical weapons or even worse -- -- -- extremist groups like Hezbollah.
Another fear is that al-Qaeda -- rebel groups will capture some of serious chemical weapons.
It's believed that Syria has somewhere between fifteen into the fifteen to twenty chemical weapon sites.
And already there's some evidence that the Syrian military has used chemical weapons -- a small scale against rebels.
Now President Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons would cross a red line forcing US action.
But -- -- short of seeing what action would be taken.
This week Obama essentially ruled out putting American troops on the ground in Syria though.
The US has started providing direct nonmilitary aid to rebels but -- this entire situation whether it be the transfer of conventional weapons to groups like Hezbollah.
Or the use of chemical weapons have a lot of people in this region extremely nervous.
-- thank you very much for that update.
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