Israeli warplanes hit Syria target reportedly tied to chemical weapons, 2 killed

Trevor Jackson
September 8, 2017

At least four Israeli fighter jets were involved in the air strikes against the chemical weapons plant in Masyaf, suggest Arab and Israeli media reports.

Overnight, Lebanese media had reported jets breaking the sound barrier and breaching its airspaces.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

The army statement warned against the "serious repercussions of such acts of aggression on the region's security and stability".

The strike sent a message that Israel would not let Syria produce strategic weapons, would enforce its own red lines, and would not be hampered by Russian air defence systems in Syria, he added.

The Israeli Defense Forces “retaliated” by targeting army positions, despite the fact that most of the Syrian land adjacent to the occupied Golan Heights is controlled by various terrorist and rebel groups.

A former head of Israeli military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, tweeted that Thursday's strike on Masyaf was "not routine" and had targeted a "Syrian military-scientific centre for the development and manufacture of, among other things, precision missiles".

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An Israeli army spokesperson earlier declined to discuss reports of the air strike, saying the army did not comment on operational matters.

"Israel will not allow Hezbollah to use the chaos in Syria to be stronger in the future", he said.

"The factory in the attack also produces chemical weapons and barrels of explosives that killed thousands of Syrian citizens". He has said that is something Israel can not accept. "Every day, there are explosions and people being killed in Syria and it is a matter concerning only the Syrians", he said.

In the past several years, Israeli military has carried out sporadic attacks against various targets across Syria.

"If Israel strikes Hezbollah in Lebanon, definitely it will respond", the official said.

He added in a phone conversation with journalists that Israel was attempting to curb the actions of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah and Iran in Syria.

A few weeks later, Hezbollah launched an operation against Daesh in west Qalamoun simultaneously with the Lebanese Army's "Fajr al-Joroud" offensive on the outskirts of northeast Lebanon's Al-Qaa and Ras Baalbeck.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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