Israel attacks military plant in Syria

Marie Harrington
September 8, 2017

Israel has been watching events in Syria with alarm: the rising power of Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah - two of the main props of the Syrian regime - together with the reported periodic use of chemical weapons against civilians.

The Lebanese military could not immediately verify that the strike was launched from Lebanese airspace, but Israeli aircraft routinely fly over Lebanon in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Israel declined to comment on the raids on Thursday.

Hundreds of strikes are believed to have been carried out by Israel in Syria in the last six years of foreign-backed war.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), has quoted a statement issued by General Command of the Army and Armed Forces affirming that the Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02.42 am on Thursday.

The Syrian Army said that "such hostile acts" will have "dangerous repercussions" for the "security and stability of the region".

Syria's government claims it no longer possesses chemical weapons after a 2013 agreement under which it pledged to surrender its chemical arsenal, following a chemical weapons attack outside the capital.

According to reports, the Syrian Air Force killed dozens of people in the Idlib attack, majority women and children.

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The latest Israeli strike comes just days after the Syrian army, backed by popular defense groups and Russian Federation airpower, managed to break the years-long siege imposed by the ISIS terror group on the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr.

Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, wrote that the reported attack was not routine and targeted a Syrian military scientific center.

"They were after one of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre bases - not a simple weapons convoy".

Iran along with Hezbollah are allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has ravaged the country, killing hundreds of thousands.

The report said the Syrian Air Force had used the nerve agent Sarin in one attack, on the rebel town of Khan Sheikhoun in April. I can not imagine that Israel will allow the Iranians to deploy 25 miles from the Israeli border.

If the reports about Israel being responsible for the attack are accurate, the overnight airstrike would represent a change in Israel's defense strategy because Hama is located in the northwestern part of Syria.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a brief war in 2006 in which more than 1,300 people died. He gave no details but warned "this is something Israel can not accept".

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