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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Report: Missile launched from sea hits Syrian base

A Syrian news website on Thursday reported that a missile fired from the Mediterranean hit a Syrian missile base in Latakia. quoted eye witnesses who said none were injured but that damage was caused to a base near an agricultural center. 

On Wednesday, Lebanese press reported that Israeli Air Force jets circled over south Lebanon.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported of a blast in one of Syria's air defense bases but provided no details on casualties.

Last week, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported that the IAF bombed an arms shipment destined for Hezbollah . The paper quoted an Israeli state official. He did not disclose whether the strike was in Lebanon or Syria. The IDF did not comment.

Last May, it was reported that Israel conducted an airstrike in Syria.

CNN quoted two unnamed US officials as saying that Israel's warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace. A security source in the region said that the target was not a Syrian chemical weapons facility but rather a building.

An Israeli official said that Israeli warplanes had targeted a shipment of missiles in Syria believed to be en route to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.

The air strike took place on Friday after it was approved in a secret meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Thursday night, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Within 48 hours, Syrian state television reported of powerful explosions in the outskirts of Damascus claiming Israeli rockets had struck a military facility just north of the capital.

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