Israel conducted air raids against a Syrian missile base near the port city of
Latakia early on Thursday, according to an anonymous US administration
The official, speaking to CNN, said Israel targeted missiles
and related equipment out of concern that they would be transferred to
It is unclear why the US would leak such information, as it
could increase the pressure on Syria to retaliate against Israel.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collates reports from opposition
activists, said there had been an explosion at a Syrian air defense base near
Jableh, in the Mediterranean coastal province of Latakia. The Latakia area is an
Alawite and regime stronghold.
“We’re not commenting on these reports,” a
spokesman for the Defense Ministry said.
Israel has repeatedly warned
that it is prepared to use force to prevent advanced weapons, particularly from
Iran, reaching Hezbollah through Syria. According to foreign reports, Israel
reportedly carried out several air strikes on Syria earlier this
The Lebanese National News Agency said Israeli fighter jets and
reconnaissance planes entered Lebanese airspace on Thursday morning and circled
over Lebanon before returning to Israel.
Pan-Arab news outlet Al-Arabiya
reported on Thursday evening that Israel attacked two targets in Syria: one
target near Latakia and the other in Damascus.
Al-Arabiya quoted sources
saying that the target of the alleged Israeli attacks were SA-8 surface-to-air
missiles that were being delivered to Hezbollah.
Missiles fired from the
Mediterranean Sea targeted the air defense base near Latakia, according to
Syrian opposition sources quoted by the report.
Reuters and Jerusalem
Post staff contributed to this report.
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