• Image reportedly to be from strike aftermath (Twitter / Charles Lister)
Israel's defence minister on Thursday issued a veiled warning to Syria, without confirming or denying what Damascus said was an Israeli air strike on its territory.
Source:
AFP - SBS Wires
8 Sep - 5:26 AM 

Syria's army accused Israel of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack earlier the same day that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons.

"We are determined to prevent our enemies harming, or even creating an opportunity to harm, the security of Israeli citizens," Avigdor Lieberman said in Hebrew, in remarks broadcast on Israeli television.

RELATED
Syrian Observatory says Israel strike hit 'chemical weapons facility'
Israeli warplanes have reportedly hit a Syrian scientific facility the US has accused of making chemical weapons.
UN 'gravely concerned’ about Syrian civilians killed by Coalition
The United Nations' Commission of Inquiry on Syria says that despite 'tenuous progress' on de-escalation in some locations in Syria, civilians continue to suffer from wide-ranging human rights violations and abuse

"We shall do everything in order not to allow the existence of a Shiite corridor from Tehran to Damascus."

The site struck near Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, is reportedly used by forces from Syria's allies Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

Israeli planes have previously carried out strikes believed to have targeted the transfer of weapons to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which fought a devastating war with the Jewish state in 2006.

Israel has long warned it would not allow the transfer of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah and has accused Iran of building sites to produce "precision-guided missiles" in both Syria and Lebanon.

In comments made earlier, the head of Israeli military intelligence, Major General Herzl Halevi, did not mention Thursday's strike directly but warned his country's enemies "near and far".

"Serious security threats to Israel are presented by armed organisations most of them financed and aided by Iran," he said in a public address.

"We are dealing with these threats, both near and far, with determination and our enemies in every arena know very well the combination of (our) precise intelligence and operational capabilities."