Israel Hits Syria Target Reportedly Tied To Chemical Weapons

Israel Hits Syria Target Reportedly Tied To Chemical Weapons

The Syrian army said Israel targeted a military site in Hama province early on Thursday (September 7) which a war monitor said could be linked to chemical weapons production.

The air strike killed two soldiers and caused damage near the town of Masyaf, an army statement said. It warned of the "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said the strike hit a Scientific Studies and Research Center facility, an agency which the United States describes as Syria's chemical weapons manufacturer. Syria's government denies using chemical weapons.

An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria. Israeli officials have in the past admitted that Israel has repeatedly struck weapons shipments believed to be bound for the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, without specifying which ones.

Israel, who is conducting a large-scale military exercises in the north of the country near the border with Lebanon, sees a red line in the shipment to Hezbollah of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-ground missiles and non-conventional (chemical) weapons.