Official confirms Israel launched 2nd airstrike

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This photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shows Syrian president Bashar Assad, right, surrounded by bodyguards as young people, wave at him during the inauguration ceremony on Saturday of a statue dedicated to "martyrs" from Syrian universities who died in the country's two-year-old uprising and civil war, in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, May. 4, 2013. Assad's second public appearance in a week came as Israeli officials confirmed the country's air force carried out a strike against Syria, saying it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. (AP Photo)
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BEIRUT (AP) — An intelligence official in the Middle East has confirmed that Israel launched a second airstrike in three days Syria.

The official tells The Associated Press that the target of Sunday's strike was a shipment of advanced guided Iranian-made missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to disclose information about a secret military operation to the media, says the strike took place in Damascus.

The statement comes hours after Syria's state media said Israeli missiles struck a research center near the Syrian capital, Damascus, early Sunday, setting off explosions and causing casualties.

An Israeli airstrike also struck Syria on Friday.

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