Israel hits Syrian chemical weapons development and storage site
Syrian media reported Thursday that strikes had been carried out overnight by Israel against the state’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS) near the city of Hama, which is responsible for research and development and storage of nuclear, biological, chemical and missile technology and weapons.
According to Arab media, two soldiers were killed in the strikes and part of the base was destroyed.
On the Facebook page known as “Damascus Now” affiliated with the Assad regime, local officials reported the attack in Hama, some 200km north of Damascus.
While reports of Israeli responsibility had not been verified by early Thursday morning, and despite the IDF refusal to deny or admit that it had carried out the attack, it would not be the first time Israeli jets have hit Syrian targets.
CERS is in the midst of developing missiles using research and knowledge provided by North Korea and Iran.
Moreover, the center is also developing weapons intended to be supplied to the terror group Hezbollah.
CERS weapons program includes the development of the S-60 in preparation for transfer to the Shiite terror organization.
The center is a potential site Tehran is eyeing to establish one of its planned weapons and precision missiles production factories to beef up Hezbollah’s arsenal. Only recently Israel warned that such an eventuality of an Iranian foothold on Syrian soil would not be something Jerusalem would be willing to tolerate.