Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the northern Syrian city of Latakia on Thursday, an Obama administration official confirmed to CNN.
The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to Hezbollah.
The Al Arabiya network reported Thursday that Israel has carried out two strikes in Syria, in order to prevent trucks from carrying weapons to Hizbullah in Lebanon. The attacks reportedly took place near Damascus and in the Latakiya region. At least one of the attacks took place on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
The report said that the trucks were carrying SAM-8 missiles. Jerusalem refused to comment on the report.
In the past Syria has threatened aggressive retaliation in response to any Israeli strikes on their territory. Thus far, this threat has proven false in response to multiple prior Israeli strikes. Will it be different this time around? The seasonal pattern in mass mood suggests this is a distinct possibility.