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Israel is believed to have carried out several raids inside Syria since 2013, mostly targeting its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, a key ally of the Syrian government.

However, he said, "my suspicion is that the laws of deterrence with Israel, though never foolproof, will hold simply because the level of punishment Israel would inflict on Syria would be severe, should Assad respond militarily".

- In August Israel said it carried out strikes on the Syrian side of the Golan area after rockets were fired on its positions.

Syria's military confirmed in a statement that Israeli warplanes struck the site near the town of Masyaf after 2 a.m. Thursday from Lebanese airspace.

The army issued a statement threatening Israel with "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region".

According to reports, the Syrian Air Force killed dozens of people in the Idlib attack, majority women and children.

Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin tweeted that the strike was "not routine", and that the destroyed facility was involved with the production of barrel bombs dropped on Syrian civilians.

Weeks later, the United States sanctioned 271 Syrian chemists and other officials affiliated with the SSRC, which it said was behind the Syrian government's efforts to develop chemical weapons.

NIA conducts raids at residences of Hurriyat-G leaders
Hardline senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence. The NIA on Wednesday conducted raids at 11 locations in Srinagar and 5 in Delhi in connection with the Funding case.

An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is meant to have destroyed all chemical weapons under a deal agreed with the global community in 2013.

The US has accused the SSRC of developing the sarin gas used in a chemical attack on the Syrian civilians in April, which killed 83.

The alleged IAF strikes come amid rising tensions between Israel, the US, and Russian Federation regarding Iran's expanding military presence in Lebanon and Syria, partly through its terrorist proxy Hezbollah. "If Israel strikes Hezbollah in Lebanon, definitely it will respond", the official said.

Israel has watched nervously in recent years as its enemies Hezbollah and Iran have expanded their presence over the border where they are providing military assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The batteries, capable of engaging multiple aircraft and ballistic missiles up to 380 kilometers away, cover virtually all of Syria as well as significant parts of Israel and other neighboring countries such as Turkey and Jordan.

Israel, the USA see Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

- An Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general on January 18.


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