WASHINGTON: Israel’s air strike on Syria last week may have damaged the country’s main research center on biological and chemical weapons, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Wednesday’s air strike targeted surface-to-air missiles and an adjacent military complex believed to house chemical agents.
A senior US military official told the Times that any damage to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center was likely due to the bombs which targeted the vehicles carrying the anti-aircraft weapons and to the secondary explosions from the missiles.
The center, located north of Damascus, has been hit by US and other Western sanctions for more than a decade because of its suspected links chemical and biological weapons engineering.
The official added that they clearly went after the air defense weapons on the transport trucks.
Earlier, Israel gave its first indirect confirmation of the attack when Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the strike was another proof that when they say something they mean it.