U.S. President Barack Obama says Israel is justified in protecting itself from advanced weapons shipments to terrorist groups like Hezbollah.
In an interview Saturday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, Obama did not directly comment on reports of an Israeli airstrike against a Syrian missile shipment believed bound for Hezbollah. He said he would let Israel "confirm or deny whatever strikes that they have taken."
Anonymous Israeli officials say Israel struck a missile shipment believed headed for the Lebanese-based militant group late Thursday. The officials say chemical weapons were not the target. The Israeli government has not confirmed the report.
U.S. officials say the target appeared to be a warehouse. There is no sign Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace.
Hezbollah is allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The militant group, supported by Iran, waged a brief war with Israel in 2006. This would be the second time Israel has conducted airstrikes against Syria this year. Israel said it attacked a weapons convoy in Syria believed headed for Hezbollah in January.