Strikes reported on research center overnight; Syrian Army claims it destroyed most of missiles fired; Syrian Army: This blatant aggression comes in the context of desperate attempts to raise the morale of terrorist organizations that are falling apart.
The Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes in Syria north of Damascus overnight. Syrian media reported the strikes on the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamraya north of Syria’s capital.
The Syrian Army reported Israeli jets striking the research center from Lebanese airspace. As with majority of covert operations in Syria, it claimed they intercepted majority of the rockets. It confirmed the strikes stating “This morning, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from Lebanese airspace on one of our military positions in the Damascus countryside. Our air defense systems blocked them and destroyed most of them.”
The facility is part of a military complex that includes schools, war reserve units, training areas for special forces and a communication center by a Syrian-Korean company. The facility also houses the tech school that belongs to the Syrian agency for scientific research, which is entrusted with developing the country’s unconventional weapons, including the arsenal of chemical and biological weapons.
The military complex is protected by Russian-produced anti-aircraft missile batteries. This facility was attacked multiple times in the past, the last major attack from Israel confirmed in 2014.
The Syrian Army responded, accusing Israel of violating its sovereignty and attempting to “raise the morale of terrorist organizations in Syria, stating, “This blatant aggression comes in the context of desperate attempts to raise the morale of terrorist organizations that are falling apart,” warning that it “holds Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences for its repeated, aggressive and uncalculated adventures.”
As with all covert operations in Syria, the IDF refused to confirm or deny the reports.
During a tour of Israel’s border yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu reported that “I am impressed by the major work the IDF is doing to defend our borders and our state. We want peace but we are prepared for any scenario and I suggest that no one test us.”
In January, The Syrian Army reported 3 separate Israeli airstrikes and ground-to-ground missiles attacks outside of Damascus. Rebel forces reported that the strikes had targeted the Syrian army’s 55th Artillery Regiment. The base was known to be storing long-range and Scud missiles.