Israel hits Syrian site said to be linked to chemical weapons

Israel hits Syrian site said to be linked to chemical weapons

Israel hits Syrian site said to be linked to chemical weapons

Lebanese reports emerged that stated Israeli warplanes were circling Lebanese skies at 4am.

"We will not allow Iran and Hizbollah to build the capabilities which allow them to attack Israel from Syria", he added.

Israel rarely confirms the strikes it conducts inside Syria.

The army statement said Israeli forces fired missiles while in Lebanese air space.

- In January Israeli planes hit a surface-to-air missile site and military complex near Damascus suspected of holding chemical agents.

Yaakov Amidror, a retired Israeli general and former national security adviser, told reporters he assumed Thursday's strike was linked to Nasrallah's visit to Damascus.

Syria's government denies using chemical arms.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that a military storage camp next to the research center was used to store ground-to-ground rockets and that personnel of Iran and Hezbollah had been seen there a few times.

An Israeli military spokesperson refused to comment on Thursday morning's attack, saying the army does not comment on operational matters.

Hezbollah forces have fought in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

It added that Israel sees a red line in the shipment to Hezbollah of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-ground missiles and non-conventional (chemical) weapons.

Yaakov Amidror, the former head of Israel's National Security Council, told Israel's Army Radio Thursday that its airstrikes were only meant to weaken Iranian and Shiite military groups operating in Syria.

Israel has long warned that the weapons from Iran and Syria reach to the hands of Hezbollah, Israel's arch enemy.

The facility is thought to be the regime-backed Scientific Studies and Research Centre near the city of Masyaf in Hama region in central Syria. He gave no details but warned "this is something Israel can not accept".

The airstrike took place beside an adjacent military camp where ground-to-ground rockets are stored, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It was not clear if there were casualties among Iranian and Hezbollah operatives.

Back in April, President Trump placed sanctions on the facility's employees after Syrian rebels used chemical weapons to attack civilians.

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