Israeli warplanes hit military facility, says Syrian Army

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Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), has quoted a statement issued by General Command of the Army and Armed Forces affirming that the Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02.42 am on Thursday.

"The Syrian army warns of the serious consequences of these kinds of aggressive activities against the security and stability in the region", the statement said.

A pan-Arab TV station is reporting that Israel has attacked a facility near the Syrian capital.

Since becoming actively involved in the Syrian Civil War in 2015, Russian Federation has worked closely with Iran in support of the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that part of the complex that was struck was a military research facility, Scientific Studies and Research Centre, which the USA and former Israeli officials have accused of helping develop sarin gas.

Israel has carried out an air strike on a Syrian military facility that Western powers suspect is used to manufacture chemical weapons.

It added that Israel sees a red line in the shipment to Hezbollah of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-ground missiles and non-conventional (chemical) weapons.

Yadlin stated that it was now important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response.

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Syria's government denies using chemical weapons and in 2013 it promised to surrender its chemical weapons program, which it says it has done.

Israel has been waging a long-running air campaign to prevent sophisticated weaponry being transferred to Hezbollah.

The observatory said the raid also targeted an arms depot of short and medium-range missiles and a scientific research centre in the same area.

Israel has previously carried out strikes believed to be targeting the transfer of weapons to Hizbollah, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006.

The reports come close to the tenth anniversary of a strike on the Syrian nuclear reaction at Dir Azur, which was attributed to Israel by foreign reports.

"Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month.

Israeli officials have not immediately commented on the reports. He gave no details but warned "this is something Israel can not accept".

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