A huge explosion rocked the coastal city of Latakia Wednesday night and has reportedly razed an air defense garrison in the Syrian base to the ground.
The airbase apparently housed S-125 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, based on satellite footage of the site.
Several Syrian and Lebanese sources speculate Israel as being responsible for this deadly blast, striking with rockets launched from a naval vessel in the Mediterranean.
According to the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a loud explosion was heard from a Syrian army base on Wednesday.
Twitter users quoting eyewitnesses tweeted the massive blast took place near Snobar Jableh, just south of Latakia city. Latakia is located on Syria's coast--an area which remains loyal to the Assad regime.
The Syrian news outlet Dam Press, considered to be pro Bashar Assad regime confirmed that the air defence site was damaged but reported that there were no injuries.
Unverified reports imply a missile strike from the sea caused the explosion at the Syrian defense air base.
Social media too was rife with posts pointing the finger at Israel as being responsible for this latest strike. There was no immediate response from Israel.
Meanwhile, the official news agency of Lebanon reported it had seen six Israeli aircrafts flying via Lebanese airspace along the coast north of Beirut earlier on Wednesday.
This is not the first time Israel is alleged to have carried out strikes on Syrian bases.
Six years ago on Sept. 6, at least four low-flying Israeli Air Force fighters entered Syrian airspace and carried out a secret bombing operation on the Euphrates River bank, around 150 km north of the Iraq border.
In January and May this year, Israel targeted the Lebanese terror group, which has remained loyal to Assad during the country’s deadly civil strife. But of course the Jewish state has refused to confirm any of these reports of strikes.
It has been confirmed by an unnamed Obama administration official that Israel had indeed carried out air raids against a Syrian missile base near the port city of Latakia early on Thursday.
The official, speaking to CNN, said Israel targeted missiles and related equipment out of concern that they would be transferred to Hezbollah.
It is not clear as to why the US would leak such information, as it could increase the pressure on Syria to retaliate against Israel.
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