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Syria denies it gave Hezbollah missiles

world Updated: Apr 15, 2010 15:55 IST
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Syria has denied Israeli claims that it gave Lebanon's Hezbollah Scud missiles that could hit all of Israel.

Thursday's statement from the Syrian Foreign Ministry comes after Israeli President Shimon Peres accused Syria of supplying the Lebanese guerrillas with the weapons for the first time.

The Foreign Ministry says Israel is trying to stoke tensions in the Middle East and could be setting the stage for a possible Israeli "aggression" to avoid Mideast peace requirements.

Israeli defense officials also have said they believe Hezbollah has Scud missiles. Israeli officials say the introduction of Scuds could alter the strategic balance with the Islamic militant group.