Israel launches airstrikes in Syria, targets weapons factory

Lebanese media is reporting Israeli airstrikes on a weapons factory near the devastated Syrian city of Homs. Hassan Ammar  AP

Israeli air raids have been periodically carried out on Syria against military installations of the pro-Iranian Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

"All the Lebanese are prepared to fight against Israel", Aoun told a Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai.

The airstrikes hit a "weapons depot" and "factories" in Hisya area near Homs.

According to a breaking news report on Lebanese news stations, Israeli warplanes have attacked a site in Syria near the city of Homs.

The so-called Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said loud explosions were heard south of Homs, from the location of a Syrian military base. Syrian television reported "an aggression" by Israel in the region, adding that the national army had "responded".

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If the reports are confirmed, this would be the fifth time Israel has exchanged fire with Syria in the past month.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Stressing that any "Israeli" military action against Lebanon would not be successful, Aoun made clear that "no one can rely on anyone [else] to defend his country". On Wednesday, Israel's Channel 10 said the aircraft were not hit and returned safely to base. While the Syrian army reportedly fired surface to air missile at Israeli jets, the Israeli army did not confirm either the strikes or being targeted.

The Nov. 1 strike is the third in Syria attributed to Israel in recent weeks.

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