Syrian army threatens ‘dangerous consequences’ for air strike
Following strike on chemical weapons center, Syria links Israel to ISIS and threatens collapse of regional ‘security and stability.’
The Syrian army responded this morning in an official statement to the air strike last night on a Syrian military site near the city of Masyaf in the Hamat district in western Syria.
Earlier, Syrian and Lebanese news sites reported an air strike on a Syrian “scientific studies and research center.” The center has been associated with the Syrian regime’s production of chemical weapons.
In a statement carried by the Syrian Arab News Agency, the Syrian army claimed that “Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02:42 am on Thursday targeting one of the Syrian military posts near Masyaf, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site.”
“This belligerence is a brazen attempt to raise the morale of the terror organization ISIS, which finds itself in a state of collapse after crushing victories by the Syrian army against the terror on more than one front.”
“The attack proves Israel’s direct support for ISIS and additional terror organizations,” the army claimed.
In addition, it threatened that “The aggressive Israeli attack could have dangerous consequences on stability and security in the region.”
This morning, Thursday, Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies Amos Yadlin referred to the strike in a series of tweets, noting that the strike was “not routine.”
“It targeted a Syrian military-scientific center for the development and manufacture of, among other things, precision missiles, which will have a significant role in the next round of conflict.”
“The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians,” he continued. “If the attack was conducted by Israel, it would be a commendable and moral action by Israel against the slaughter in Syria.”
Yadlin emphasized that “The attack sent 3 important messages. 1: Israel won’t allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms. 2: Israel intends to enforce its redlines, despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them. 3: The presence of Russian air defense does not prevent airstrikes attributed to Israel.”
“Now it’s important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response, and even opposition from Russia,” he concluded.