Israel claimed on Wednesday that Hezbollah has established a clandestine cell in southern Syria to attack Israeli targets in the Golan Heights.
Israel said that the "terror" network, made up of Syrian militants, is run jointly with Iran's Revolutionary Guard and is led by a Hezbollah operative accused of killing U.S. troops in 2007.
The U.S. had charged Ali Moussa Daqduq, for abducting and executing five American soldiers in Iraq.
The cell, according to Israel, is stockpiling weapons, collecting intelligence and recruiting militants to launch attacks against Israel.
“We have a clear message: We’re not going to allow Hezbollah to establish a terrorist infrastructure on the Golan capable of striking Israeli civilians,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said in a video posted on Twitter.
Israel will hold the Syrian government responsible for anything that happens inside Syria aimed at Israel, he added.