Facility Near Damascus Attacked By Israel, SANA Says

Syria’s state news agency is reporting that Israeli missiles hit a research center near Damascus early Sunday, according to The Associated Press. NBC News, citing a “senior official,” says, “Israeli jets bombed a military research facility” north of the Syrian capital.

“There was no immediate Israeli comment,” the AP reports.

Videos from activists in Damascus purport to show the explosions. Al Jazeera spoke with one resident who said the blasts felt like “an earthquake.” You can hear her account, as told to the agency, and see the amateur footage:

The military facility in question, Jamraya, was targeted by Israel in January, as we reported Saturday.

In a separate incident, reports emerged late Friday that Israel had conducted an airstrike against a Syrian target early Friday morning.

Israel did not officially confirm that the airstrike took place. But according to the AP, an Israeli Embassy spokesman said Israel “is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry by the Syrian regime to terrorists, specially to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

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