Israeli air strikes reportedly hit Syrian chemical weapons facility
Syrian opposition news media reported early Thursday that Israeli aircraft had struck several Syrian regime targets Wednesday night. One was the proscribed chemical weapons facility, Scientific Studies Researchers Center, or Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques (CERS), near Hama, central Syria. Missiles are also produced there. There are reports of casualties. The incident is not confirmed by Syrian or any other officials. More Israeli air sorties were reported after midnight against weapons convoys heading for Hizballah strongholds in Lebanon. This is denied by Hizballah sources.
A UN report published earlier Wednesday determined that Syria had used chemical weapons agains rebel-held areas nearly 30 times since the country's civil war began in 2011, including the April attack in Idlib that left almost 90 people dead and hundreds of others wounded.
Wednesday was also the 10th anniversary of the Israeli attack which destroyed a Syrian nuclear plant built by North Korea.