AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian state television said Sunday that an Israeli air strike hit a military post in the city of Miasyw, Syria's Hama province, but only caused material damage.
The Newsflash did not elaborate on exactly what was planned. An intelligence source said that an important military research center for the production of chemical weapons was located near the city and was thought to host a team of Iranian military experts involved in the production of weapons.
When asked about the air raid reports, an Israeli military spokeswoman said, "We are not commenting on any foreign reports."
Last week, Syrian state media said Israeli rockets had taken a Syrian military position near the Nairab airport on the outskirts of Aleppo.
Opposition sources said several Iranians were killed in a logistics facility run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards near the airport.
Some of the Iranian military bases in Syria are adjacent to Syrian military or army barracks, according to the intelligence source, which complicates the release of Iranian military equipment from Syrian army units.
Israel, concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its security, has escalated its strikes against alleged Iranian and Iranian positions in Syria in recent months.
In May, Israel announced that it had attacked almost the entire Iranian military infrastructure after Iranian forces first launched rockets at Israeli-held territory in the largest military exchange between the two opponents.
Israel has sworn it will have a free hand to strike hard areas along its border and elsewhere in Syria, where Iranian troops are believed to be stationed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, "We will continue to act in Syria to prevent the Iranian entrenchment there."
Iran is an important ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of militias The Lebanese Hezbollah, which has thousands of militants joining battles to support its rule.
Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Additional reporting by Ori Lewis in Jerusalem; Edited by Dale Hudson and Sandra Maler