May 23, 2013
Syria Claims It Was Hit by Israeli Airstrike
Posted on Jan 30, 2013
Syrian officials say Israeli planes struck inside their nation’s borders Wednesday, prompting fears that the 2-year-old civil conflict in the country could spread, The New York Times reports.
“A statement by the Syrian military said a scientific research facility in the Damascus suburbs had been hit, but the precise target was unclear,” the Times writes. “Earlier news reports, confirmed by an American official in Washington, said the Israelis were targeting a truck convoy inside Syria that was bound for Lebanon.”
The statement, announced on state television, said an unidentified number of Israeli jets flying below radar killed two people and caused “huge material damage” when they struck the facility.
“Israeli warplanes violated our airspace at dawn, bombing directly one of the research scientific centers in the Jimraya district in rural Damascus,” the statement said, denouncing the alleged strike as a “breach of Syrian sovereignty.”
Israeli officials declined to comment on the reports. The two countries have endured an uneasy peace lasting five years amid a “technical state of war,” according to the Times, along their border. “Jerusalem has long maintained a policy of silence on pre-emptive military strikes,” the newspaper notes.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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