Thursday Jan 31, 201309:06 AM GMT
‘Two killed, five injured in Israeli airstrike on Syrian research center’
File photo shows smoke billowing over Damascus after a bomb ripped through the city.
File photo shows smoke billowing over Damascus after a bomb ripped through the city.
The Syrian Army says two people have been killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a scientific research center in Jamraya, near the capital Damascus.


"Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research center in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the Syrian Army said in a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported.

The attack was carried out against the center, which was tasked with boosting Syria’s resistance and self-defense, "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site."

"This assault is one of a long list of acts of aggression and criminality against the Arabs and Muslims," the statement added.

"They... carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building," the army said.

The Israeli regime claimed earlier that it had targeted a convoy of chemical weapons in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.

And several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.

NT/MHB
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