Senior Israeli Military Officer: Hezbollah Using U.S. Weapons Provided to Lebanese Army

A Lebanese army M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) patrols the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on 02 June 2012. Clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian regime gunmen killed at least six people and wounded 21 others in the city. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/GettyImages)

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israel has informed the United States that Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Syria are using U.S. armored personnel carriers originally supplied to the Lebanese Army, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday.

The U.S. State Department said last month that the American embassy in Beirut was working to investigate images on social media purporting to show Hezbollah, which supports President Bashar al-Assad, displaying U.S. military equipment in Syria.

Those images were widely reported to have been of U.S.-made M113 armored personnel carriers, which the State Department said were extremely common in the region.

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