[Israel commits another act of illegal aggression against its neighbors. Israel is the top recipient of US military aid. Israel’s illegal actions are supported by the United States. The imperialists cause more destruction and violence in Syria. — NP]
US officials: Israeli Jets behind recent Strikes on Syria
CNN quoted an unidentified US administration official as saying Israeli warplanes struck a base near the port of Lattakia on Thursday.
An Obama administration official confirmed to AP the Israeli airstrike overnight, but provided no details. Another security official said the attack occurred late Wednesday in Lattakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles, Al-Alam reported.
A US official confirmed to AFP that “there was an Israeli strike” but gave no detail on the location or the target.
“We’re not commenting on these reports,” an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman said too. The government has not commented publicly on at least three attacks on Syria earlier this year.
One Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he thought that Israel had indeed carried out such a strike, but stressed that he was not entirely certain.
Israel has carried out similar attacks against Syrian targets in the past.
A Syrian security source meanwhile told AFP that “a rocket fell near the base, causing a fire to break out.”
The Lebanese military said six Israeli jets had flown over Lebanese territory Wednesday. Israeli aerial incursions over Lebanon are frequent, but such high numbers have in the past sometimes been an indication of military strikes against Syria.
Israel struck Syrian targets near Damascus in January and twice in May and was suspected of being behind the destruction of a naval installation near Lattakia in July.