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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Doubts are growing within the U.S. defence and intelligence community about allegations that long-range Scud missiles from Syria have been shipped to the Hezbollah guerrilla group in neighbouring Lebanon, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
Washington believes Syrian was moving towards transferring more sophisticated Scuds to Hezbollah, but U.S. intelligence agencies have not been able to confirm Israeli allegations that the missiles have changed hands, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the matter's sensitivity.
While the United States suspects some kind of transfer may have occurred in Syria, two U.S. officials said there were "no indications" any Scud rockets were transported into Lebanon, which would sharply escalate the risk of a conflict.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Thursday that Israel and the U.N. were close to reaching an agreement on the Ghajar village, adding that the disputed points are resolvable and expecting that the deal would put an end to Lebanese demands.
"Israel has held five meetings with U.N. representatives so far. The disputed points are resolvable in a matter that could achieve a positive outcome," Lieberman, who is on an official visit to Madrid, said after meeting with Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and FM Miguel Moratinos.