Israel Attacks Syrian Chemical Weapons Facility

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Israeli planes targeted a Syrian Chemical Weapons Factory early Thursday morning. Two soldiers were killed as the planes also targeted a military camp near the town of Masyaf. The Assad regime responded that there would be “dangerous repercussions.”

“Israeli warplanes at 2.42am fired a number of missiles from Lebanese air space, targeting one of our military positions near Masyaf, which led to material damage and the deaths of two members of the site…there will be dangerous repercussions of such hostile acts on the security and stability of the region.” Syrian army statement

The al-Talai site in Hama District has been identified as a factory for making Chemical Weapons. According to reports, there were 4 Israeli jets involved in the attack.

The al-Talai site in Syria – Google Earth

Reuters reported,

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said the attack was on a facility of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, an agency which the United States describes as Syria’s chemical weapons manufacturer.

It came the morning after U.N. investigators said the Syrian government was responsible for a sarin poison gas attack in April.

Syria’s government denies using chemical arms. In 2013 it promised to surrender its chemical weapons, which it says it has done.

The Observatory said strikes also hit a military camp next to the center that was used to store ground-to-ground rockets and where personnel of Iran and its ally, the Lebanese Hezbollah group, had been seen more than once.

The Syrian government sent letters of protest over what it describes as “Israeli aggression” to the United Nations. By now, Israel doesn’t care what the UN thinks; they “won’t allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms.”

Amos  Yadlin is a retired Israeli General and Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). He said that “Israel intends to enforce its redlines despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them.”

He also warned that now Israel must be prepared for a response, from Syria, Lebanon, or even from Russia.  Pretty sure they are ready… when they chose to disrupt a ceasefire, they knew ahead of time that something could happen.

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