Syria said Israeli airstrikes targeted a military position in the west of the country on Thursday, killing two soldiers at a site where Syrian scientists are believed to have developed chemical weapons, The Washington Post reports.
The attack hit a site near the town of Masyaf, which hosts a branch of the government agency responsible for developing and producing nonconventional weapons and the means to deliver them, known as the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).
Syria’s army command said the attack took place at 2:42 a.m. and involved missiles fired from Lebanese airspace.
A former head of the IDF's military intelligence, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin tweeted that Thursday's strike on Masyaf was "not routine" and had targeted a "Syrian military-scientific center for the development and manufacture of, among other things, precision missiles."
"The factory that was targeted in Masyaf produces the chemical weapons and barrel bombs that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians," he said.
According to Financial Times, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, Israel’s former national security adviser, said the strikes targeted a weapons development and manufacturing site that was producing arms for Hezbollah.
Israel has carried out nearly 100 strikes in Syria since the beginning of the country's six-year civil war, many against convoys attempting to transfer weapons to Hezbollah.
The IDF declined to comment on the strike, saying it does not discuss operational matters.