Israel strikes deep in Syria
BEIRUT — Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria on Thursday, killing two soldiers, the Syrian army said, in a stronghold of President Bashar Assad that is also heavily protected by the Russians and Iranians.
The airstrike targeted a facility near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, described by some as a missile producing factory, amid Israeli outrage over Iran’s growing in uence in the war-torn country. Other reports suggested the facility was tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
In a statement, the Syrian army said the Israeli warplanes red several missiles from Lebanese air space, and warned of the “dangerous repercussions of such hostile acts on the security and stability of the region.” Israel has carried out several airstrikes against suspected arms shipments it believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, which is ghting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces, over the course of Syria’s civil war, now in its seventh year.