It appears Israel launched airstrikes in northern Syria to destroy a missile production facility on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the terrorists attacks on the United States, according to a private Israeli intelligence firm.
“The facility, which probably contained explosives, was destroyed. The second structure, with its machinery and equipment, was damaged,” according to the assessment from ISI.
“The attack intended to weaken the missile production in Syria, probably for Hezbollah, by harming its crucial elements,” ISI assessed in a report filed Sept. 13, two days after the airstrikes.
Israel has launched over 200 airstrikes against Iranian and Iranian proxy forces in Syria over the past three years, officials say.
It’s the first reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria since Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 when Israeli jets targeted the Damascus International Airport and T-4 Syrian military airbase, respectively.
Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates Friday in normalizing relations with Israel, becoming only the third and fourth Arab countries to do so since 1979.
The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah said over the weekend it strongly objected to Bahrain’s announcement to normalize ties with Israel as a “great betrayal” of the Palestinian people.
The first commercial flight between the United Arab Emirates and Israel took place last month and included a delegation from the Trump administration, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The Times of Israel was first to report the new alleged airstrikes.
In 2018, American and western intelligence sources believed Iran had sent shipments of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, deliveries that included Global Positioning System (GPS) components to make previously unguided rockets into precision guided-missiles, increasing the threat to Israel.
Fox News’s Yonat Friling contributed to this report.