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Israeli Air Force jets attacked a missile storage facility in Syria over the weekend, targeting a number of military sites said to be housing advanced weaponry, according to Syrian Internet publication Al Wasil Time on Tuesday.
The attack took place near the embattled city of Homs and reportedly caused extensive damage to the facility.
The report added that Syrian defense systems identified Israeli aircraft within their airspace but refrained from firing.
If the report is verified, it would be the first operation conducted under the newly minted Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman, who toured the northern border
earlier Tuesday with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.
He was also briefed by OC Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the Northern Formation and Commander of the IDF Staff and Command College, Maj.-Gen. Yossi Bachar, and regional commanders in northern Israel.
"I heard briefings today on this area, which is always sensitive, and I can say that the northern border is in good and secure hands," Liberman said.
"I was impressed by the readiness, the plans, and preparations. The role of the IDF here is to safeguard the quiet on the northern border, and that is what we are doing. We have no other plans, other than to safeguard the quiet, and I hope that everyone understands that well, including our neighbors."
Liberman added, "In any case, I would not advise anyone to try and test us."
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.