Hezbollah moving missile systems to Lebanon through Syria

U.S. officials believe Hezbollah is smuggling advanced missile systems into Lebanon through Syria piece by piece in order to evade Israel’s air campaign to stop them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Components of an anti-ship missile system have already been moved into Lebanon, and other systems are being stored in Syrian weapons depots under control of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group.

Israel struck inside Syria at least five times in 2013, according to the Journal, seeking to stop Hezbollah from acquiring more advanced weapons systems.

Hezbollah’s movements show how both Hezbollah and Israel are using the Syrian civil war to try to gain an advantage ahead of any potential future conflict between the two.