DAMASCUS: Syria said Israeli air strikes hit a military facility in the country’s west on Thursday, killing two people at a site where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons, reports AFP.
The site near the Syrian town of Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, includes a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).
The United States has accused the SSRC of helping to develop the sarin gas used in an attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun in April that killed dozens.
President Bashar al-Assad’s government has blasted such accusations as “fabrications,” and Syria’s army on Thursday did not mention the SSRC in its statement on the Israeli strikes.
“Israeli warplanes at 2:42am today fired a number of missiles from Lebanese air space, targeting one of our military positions near Masyaf, which led to material damage and the deaths of two members of the site,” the statement said.
“Syria’s army warns of the serious repercussions of such acts of aggression on the security and stability of the region,” it added.
Since Syria’s conflict erupted in 2011, Israel has conducted several air strikes on the war-ravaged country against government forces and allied fighters from Lebanese movement Hezbollah.