Israeli airstrikes target Syrian research center linked to chemical weapons

Geneva Matthews
September 8, 2017

"The IDF policy is that we don't respond to foreign allegations or reports", an Israeli army spokesman told The Media Line.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

The Syrian army proceeded to warn Israel of "serious consequences" for its "aggressive activities", which it argued destabilize the region and "raise the Islamic State's morale".

- In January Israeli planes hit a surface-to-air missile site and military complex near Damascus suspected of holding chemical agents.

Some Israeli commentators saw the latest strike - a departure from the previous pattern of attacks on weapons convoys - as a show of Israeli dissatisfaction with the United States and Russian Federation. -Gen (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, the strike on the military facility near Masyafthe followed a visit by Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah to Damascus last week.

The statement identified the destroyed site as the Scientific Studies and Research Center, which is responsible for research and development of nuclear, biological, chemical and missile technology and weapons.

Israeli fighter jets have struck a military facility in western Syria, killing two people, according to a Syrian commander.

In early February, an Israeli helicopter reportedly fired at Syrian government forces' positions in the province of Quneitra in southern Syria, after a shell landed in the Golan Heights.

So when a convoy of precise missiles is on its way from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel takes it out with an airstrike.

He stopped short of saying Israel had carried out the raids, but said that if it did, the action would show "Israel intends to enforce its redlines despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them".

Israeli officials have in the past admitted that Israel has attacked weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah group, without specifying which ones. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saids 42 soldiers were killed.

Reuters added that the strike took place the morning after United Nations investigators said the Syrian government was responsible for a sarin poison gas attack in April.

And with Israeli claims that Iran is building missile production facilities in Lebanon and Syria for Hezbollah, the message could not be clearer.

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