Reports: Israel Strikes Weapons Depot in Syria

This Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 photo shows an Israeli Air Force F-15 plane in flight during a graduation ceremony for new pilots in the Hatzerim air force base near the city of Beersheba, Israel. Anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria into Israeli-controlled territory early on Friday, following a series of …
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Israeli warplanes struck a military target in western Syria on Wednesday night, according to reports from local media and a nongovernmental organization.

The Syrian military responded to the alleged Israeli operation by firing surface-to-air missiles, according to Syria’s Al-Mayadeen channel, which is closely associated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Times of Israel reported:

Israeli jets destroyed a weapons facility in western Syria on Wednesday night, according to Lebanese media.  The Syrian army’s 72nd Brigade was said to have fired anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli Air Force jets, though there were no reports of planes being shot down.

Reuters further reported:

An Israeli air strike targeted a factory south of the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday and the Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missile at the aircraft, a commander in a military alliance fighting in support of Damascus said.

The commander told Reuters the air strike had hit a copper factory in the industrial town of Hisya, 35 km (21 miles) south of Homs and 112 km (70 miles) north of Damascus. The commander did not give details of any casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organization that reports on the war, said the air strike had targeted a military installation.