A large military facility housing the Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and missiles was bombed in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Syria, however, immediately blamed Israel for the attack, just as Israel did not deny the allegation.
The facility is located near Masyaf, in northwestern Syria, a region still firmly under the control of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and their allies.
The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported:
“Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02:42 a.m. on Thursday targeting one of the Syrian military posts near Massyaf, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site.”
Syrian military forces claimed the Israeli strike was carried out in service to ISIS and other Islamic groups trying to topple Assad.
In reality, Israel has long been concerned that non-conventional weapons being stockpiled and used by Assad’s forces will also be shared with his allies in the Lebanese terrorist militia Hezbollah.
Israel has vowed to immediately target any Syrian arms transfers to Hezbollah to ensure the Lebanese group does not emerge from Syria’s civil war more dangerous and deadly than ever.
For Hezbollah to take possession of chemical warheads would represent an unacceptable shift in the balance of power.
Israeli military officials declined to comment on the incident.