Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Israel Strikes Syrian Chemical Weapons Plant

Smoke and flames rise after air strikes in Syria Reuters Smoke and flames rise after air strikes in Syria Reuters
Andrew Cummings | 08 September, 2017, 00:46

Though Israel has not confirmed its role in Thursday's attack, the strike has nevertheless been attributed to the Jewish state, with the understanding among analysts that the Syrian weapons facility was being used to violate one of those "red lines". Marom says the large-scale exercise is meant to show that Israel can fight simultaneously against both Syria and Lebanon if needed.

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

The army warned of the "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region". The site also is believed to house a chemical weapons factory. -Gen (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, the strike on the military facility near Masyafthe followed a visit by Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah to Damascus last week.

An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria, but a former Israeli intelligence chief also corroborated the chemical weapons site claims on social media.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is meant to have destroyed all chemical weapons under a deal agreed with the global community in 2013.

A fact-finding mission by the UN's chemical watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded earlier this year that sarin gas was used in the attack but did not assign blame.

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Adhering to its past policy, Israel did not officially take responsibility for the attack.

Israel's relationship with Russian Federation, he said, is "an example of good diplomacy: We don't agree with them, but we respect them".

Iran along with Hezbollah are allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has ravaged the country, killing hundreds of thousands. He gave no details but warned "this is something Israel can not accept".

"The attack sent 3 important messages: Israel won't allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms".

- An Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general on January 18.

In April, the Trump administration placed sanctions on employees of CERS in the aftermath of a chemical attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun, a Syrian rebel stronghold, that killed more than 80 civilians, including children.

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