Israel strikes Syrian army base in Hama province

Screen capture from a satellite of an area near Masyaf Hama province Syria where the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center reportedly maintains a chemical weapons facility

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

The Syrian army says Israeli jets have attacked a site in the west of the country where Western powers suspect chemical weapons are being produced.

Israeli forces regularly launch attacks against positions of Assad's regime and Hezbollah militants inside Syria though most of the operations are not officially acknowledged by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The attack on a Syrian military facility early Thursday morning, attributed to Israel, is a sign that Israel will enforce its major "red lines" with Syria to defend itself, a former Israeli national security adviser said Thursday.

The site near the Syrian town of Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, is reportedly used by forces from Syria's allies Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hizbollah.

However, The Times of Israel quoted Israel Radio saying that the airstrike in Syria destroyed weapons store including chemical-tipped missiles that were to be delivered to Hezbollah. He said those killed and wounded were Syrian soldiers guarding the facility, and that he did not know if any Iranians were wounded.

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

Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel speaks at the Herzliya Conference in Herzliya
Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel speaks at the Herzliya Conference in Herzliya

One was a scientific research centre and the other a neighbouring military base.

However, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin posted on Twitter that the site "produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians".

The Syrian army statement said the Israeli strike, which it said took place at 2.42 a.m.

A future war between Israel and Hezbollah is "not a matter of "if" but 'when, '" a Middle East expert and.

The SSRC is promoted as a civilian research institute by the Syrian government but the USA accuses the agency of focusing on the development of non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them.

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. "We aren't searching for a military adventure but we are determined to prevent our enemies from harming, or even creating the opportunity to harm, the safety of Israel's citizens", he said.

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