Israeli strike on military facility kills 2 soldiers - Syrian army

Posted September 08, 2017

Israel has carried out an air strike against a chemical weapons plant in Syria, Syrian and Lebanese media report.

Though it is unclear if it is related, Lebanese media had reported early on Thursday, 7 September, that Israeli jets were seen in Lebanese airspace. "If the attack was conducted by Israel, it would be a commendable and moral action by Israel against the slaughter in Syria", he wrote on Twitter.

In 2016, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it had carried out dozens of strikes in Syria meant to prevent transfers of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. The site also is believed to house a chemical weapons factory.

While Syrian is pointing the finger of blame at Israel, Jerusalem has not commented on the reports that the locale, which is responsible for chemical weapons, was struck.

The latest attack comes just two days after the Syrian army's victory over the Islamic State in the city of Deir Ezzor.

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

In a freakish twist, it accused Israel of supporting Islamic State, which has been fighting the Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad.

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According to several reports, the strike happened at 2:30am at a Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS) facility near Masyaf in the area of Hama. He has said that is something Israel can not accept.

Syria's army did not mention the SSRC in its statement.

In recent weeks, Israel has warned that it will not allow Iran to consolidate its position in Israel's northern neighbors after it announced plans to build missile plants in Syria and Lebanon.

The attack killed at least 87 people and prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian military airport where it said the attack had originated.

The Israeli raid came a day after a United Nations probe found that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack in April this year at Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria.

Yaakov Amidror, Israel's former national security adviser and a former general, said the strike targeted a weapons development and manufacturing site that was producing arms for Hezbollah.

"Now it's important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response and even opposition from Russian Federation", he added.