Israel Strikes Targets in Syria
Amidst an enormous crisis in Syria, in which thousands of innocent lives have been lost due to fighting between the conflicting government and rebel forces, and rumors of possible chemical weaponry making headlines, Israel has carried out two separate airstrikes in the Middle Eastern nation, whipping out weapons intended for Hezbollah soldiers.
It’s believed that missiles being supplied to the militant terrorist group from Lebanon by Iran were the main targets in the Israeli airstrikes, the second of which hit Damascus, the capital of Syria. The strike was aimed at a military research center that Israel had already struck once earlier this very year. When the explosions started occurring in Damascus, many at first assumed it was the Syrian rebels continuing their fight against the government they deem oppressive. Reuters cites the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that the “scale of the attack meant it was beyond the military capability of the Syrian rebels” and that eyewitnesses saw “jets in the sky at the time of the blasts.” The strike followed a similar attack on Friday, which targeted a missile shipment, although that strike didn’t hit a major city like the second one.
The Syrian government stated through the controlled media within their nation that “the new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups, which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army” (BBC News). The problem with that statement, of course, is that Israel stands in direct opposition to the rebel forces, just as they do against the Syrian government. Israel isn’t attempting to help either side of the fight, but is instead trying to keep Iranian supplied weapons out of the hands of dangerous terrorists who might use them against Israel or any of their allies. Israel, as of the time of this article, has yet to comment on either of the airstrikes.
All of this comes, of course, in the wake of the reports of chemical weapon attacks between the Syrian government and the rebels. President Obama on Friday said that any clear evidence of chemical warfare would drastically shift the dynamic of the world’s response to the crisis in Syria, but it seems his administration is against sending any United States forces in to interfere with the Syrian civil war. According to BBC News, more than 70,000 Syrians have died since the civil conflict broke out over two years ago.