Assad Regime Warns Israel after Chemical Weapons Plant Attacked

by Abel Hampton September 10, 2017, 9:10
Assad Regime Warns Israel after Chemical Weapons Plant Attacked

The foreign ministry's letters to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the president of the Security Council said that the predawn missile strike had hit "Syrian military positions ... killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site".

The militant Lebanese Shia Islamist movement, which last fought a war with Israel in 2006 and is backed by its arch-enemy Iran, has sent thousands of fighters to support Syria's army in the country's six-year civil war.

Syria's military told the world that the Israeli strike happened on Thursday, damaging a building by the Mediterranean Sea.

The statement warned against the "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region".

While the worldwide media was transfixed by the crisis in North Korea this week, Israel did something provocative and potentially risky: It bombed a suspected Syrian chemical weapons factory.

Israeli missiles struck a Syrian military and scientific research facility in the northeastern city of Masyaf on Thursday morning.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said the attack was on a facility of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, an agency which the United States describes as Syria's chemical weapons manufacturer. Other strikes, like the one carried out on January 18, 2015, have been aimed at sending a message to Iran and Hezbollah that Israel will not tolerate the creation of Iranian or Hezbollah bases near the Golan Heights border.

Amidror said the understandings between Russian Federation and Israel are a good example of diplomacy at its best. Washington claims the al-Talai centre developed the sarin gas weapon allegedly used in a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in April, which left about 80 people dead. According to former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin - now the head of the Tel Aviv University-affiliated Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) - in strategic terms, the strike confronted both Russian Federation and Iran with the reality that Israel will enforce its own red lines in Syria.

- A huge explosion that sent a fireball into the sky near the Damascus worldwide airport in April was blamed by Syrian state media on an Israeli missile strike.

However, Israel is also determined to thwart Iran's growing military presence in Iran, who are working alongside Russian Federation in support of Assad. Western intelligence reports have linked the centre near the town of Masyaf to Syria's chemical weapons programme. Two soldiers have reportedly been killed in the strike.

Former Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin wrote on Twitter that the facility produces precision missiles, chemical weapons and barrel bombs.

A month before, Israel bombed a military airport near Damacus. "Given that Israel has historically communicated with Syria and various Lebanese parties through the language of deterrence and military signalling, I see it in that context".

Although Israel does not comment on such strikes, former Israeli National Security advisor Maj. Gen.

On Wednesday, United Nations investigators formally accused the Syrian government of involvement in that attack.

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