Israel Hits Syrian Target Reportedly Tied to Chemical Weapons

Posted September 08, 2017

It made no mention of the research center, describing the strikes instead as an attempt to hamper Syria's fight against the Islamic State and warning of "serious repercussions of such acts of aggression on the security and stability of the region".

Syrian and Israeli officials have not immediately commented on the reports, according to Press TV.

"Thus far both the Syrian regime and Hezbollah have failed to respond to the Israeli effort to smuggle weapons from Syria and build new missile production facilities in the country", he told the Post.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit a Scientific Studies and Research Centre facility, which the USA says is Syria's chemical weapons manufacturer.

An Israeli airstrike on Thursday destroyed a chemical weapons facility belonging to Syria's regime, a Syrian government agency claimed.

Israel sees a red line in the shipment to Hezbollah of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-ground missiles and non-conventional (chemical) weapons. According to the IDF, Hezbollah was following closely the preparations for the maneuvers, in which the IDF Northern Corps is training with multiple divisions operating in simulated combat situations. The attack came as Israel is in the midst of the largest drill in nearly 20 years that simulates a war between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite group Hizbullah. Damascus has always denied using chemical weapons.

A monitoring group says they struck a scientific research centre and base storing surface-to-surface missiles.

"The facility at Masyaf also produces chemical weapons and explosive barrels that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians", Yadlin said in the tweet.

Israel has been waging a long-running air campaign to prevent sophisticated weaponry being transferred to Hezbollah.

Israel has sporadically carried out air strikes on sites in Syria in recent years.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council and the Secretary General on Thursday, following the earlier strike it blamed on Israel.

In 2013, Syria said Israeli warplanes carried out an air raid on a scientific research center in the Damascus suburb of Jamraya.