Israel Carries out Airstrike near Syrian Capital

Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
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08 September, 2017

Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria early Thursday, killing two soldiers and causing material damage, the Syrian army said.

In a sudden development, Israeli rockets were fired at a Syrian army position, suspected to be a chemical weapon site in Hama province in the wee hours of Thursday.

Israel has previously attacked Syrian targets, most recently bombing a military airport a month ago.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the incident in Khan Sheikhoun - which prompted the United States to launch a missile strike on an airbase - was a "fabrication".

Meanwhile the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said two facilities were hit, a scientific research center and a nearby military base.

Unconfirmed Arab media reports say a chemical weapons production facility was hit in the attack.

Yadlin stated that it was now important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response.

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(JNS.org) Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Sunday that President Trump should "make a preemptive strike" to inhibit North Korea's ability to further develop its nuclear weapons capability. According to him, the strike on the al-Talai Scientific Studies and Research Center may have been a outcome of Nasrallah's visit to Damascus last week.

Although Israel reportedly launched the airstrikes, the report concludes it is possible the USA targeted the facility as a "backdoor means" at getting at North Korea.

While he refused to confirm that Israel carried out the airstrikes, he said that if it did, it would show "Israel intends to enforce its readiness despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them".

While the strike was in the framework of Israel's policy of preventing arms transfers to Hezbollah but "it's another level of interference", he added.

Israel has long warned it would not allow the transfer of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah and has accused Iran of building sites to produce "precision-guided missiles" in both Syria and Lebanon.


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