A “full-fledged war.” God help us.
BEIRUT, Lebanon “” Israeli warplanes struck the highway linking Beirut to the Syrian capital of Damascus early Friday, closing the country’s main artery and further isolating Lebanon from the outside world, Lebanese security officials said.
Fighter jets attacked a highway section high in the mountains of central Lebanon, in Mdeirej. But the targeted area was an old road extension, and the bridge on the nearby main highway remained intact, the officials said.
Another airstrike apparently targeted the main bridge’s exit. Authorities turned back motorists, who will have to take long detours through other winding mountain roads….
The highway, which climbs up from Beirut, winds through the mountains before descending into the Bekaa Valley and into Syria, is one of Lebanon’s only links with the outside world since Israeli forces imposed a sea, air and land blockade of Lebanon on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, Israel blasted the runways and fuel tanks of Beirut’s only international airport for a second time, Lebanese security officials said, while Israel’s third-largest city Haifa was hit by two Hezbollah long-range missiles in what officials are now calling a full-fledged war.