Is­rael strikes deep in Syria

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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.

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