Israeli warplanes on Wednesday attacked a target in Syria, near its border with Lebanon, although the exact target and intent of the bombing has not been confirmed because Israel has refused to comment on it.
Various reports cited either Lebanese military officials or unnamed security officials, including some reportedly from the US, saying that the attack did take place and it was preceded by Israeli fighter jets flying over and violating Lebanese airspace.
“A source in the region told Al-Monitor the alleged target was anti-aircraft systems, or a convoy of components for such systems, but that could not be confirmed,” reports Laura Rozen. The Associated Press also reported that the target was anti-aircraft missile systems.
Many of the reports say the Israeli jets hit a truck convoy allegedly carrying weapons from the Syrian side of the border to the Lebanese side.
The Jerusalem Post reported Syrain military commend as saying Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center in Damascus province, denying the reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which it described as one of a number of “scientific research centers aimed at raising the level of resistance and self-defense.”
It’s not clear yet what the truck convoy actually was carrying, but it’s even less clear why the Assad regime would feel the need to send anti-aircraft weapons over the border to Hezbollah, especially at such a precarious time for the regime.
The fact that Israel has refused to comment on the strike is troubling and warrants heightened scrutiny of the narrative that has been reported so far. The possibility that this was an intentional decision on Israel’s part to aggravate regional tensions and expand Syria’s civil war internationally should not be discounted.