Israel reportedly carried out strikes on a Assad regime chemical arms plant Syria overnight.
Reports of the strikes surfaced in both Lebanese and Syrian media Thursday morning, both Syria and Lebanon reporting Israeli jets over their airspaces.
The strikes were carried out on Syria’s Scientific Studies Research Center (CERS) in Hama close to the town of Masyaf. The center is known for the development and production of biological and chemical weapons and missiles.
Reports from Syria Thursday morning claim that two Assad regime soldiers were killed in the strikes.
As with most operations carried out by the IDF in Syria, the IDF refused to confirm or deny the reports.
The strikes come following weeks of Israel’s diplomatic efforts in the international community to end Iran’s expansion in the region. Israel has made clear that it is nearing the end of its diplomatic approach, providing intelligence reports on Iran’s growth in the region, mainly in Syria.
The strikes also come at the end of an IDF drill in northern Israel, the largest drill of its kind held in the past 19 years. The drill, which was carried out by the Northern Corps, was an eleven-day drill and included the IDF, IAF, Navy and IDF intelligence corps.The drill including war scenarios with Lebanon/Hezbollah.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear on the threat Syria and Iran that Israel’s “policy is clear: We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security.”
Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, made clear that Israel “will not be spectators on the sidelines,” stating on Hezbollah and Iran in Syria, “Iran, through the Revolutionary Guards, is trying to create a new reality around us. The fact that Iran is trying to turn all of Syria into a forward outpost against Israel, with military bases, thousands of Shiite mercenaries brought from all over the Middle East, an airbase and a naval base and the attempts to set up precision weapons production facilities in Lebanon.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, September 7, 2017, and reposted with permission.