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Israeli warplanes reportedly attack Syrian arsenal in Latakia

Israeli aircrafts attacked on Sunday night a Syrian arsenal near the seaport in Latakia, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported citing Lebanese and Palestinian media.

The newspaper attributed the information to a website affiliated to the Lebanese Forces, a Christian party led by Samir Geagea. The website noted that massive explosions were heard in the area.

Members of the Syrian opposition confirmed news of the explosion, but did not say anything about the target. They also added that Western media reported on the attack.

The Israeli newspaper also cited the Palestinian website Zaman Press, saying that the attack targeted a Russian-made S-300 rocket system, which only recently arrived in Syria.

Yedioth Ahronoth asked Israeli security officials to comment, but they declined.

Lebanese media also reported on Sunday heavy flights by Israeli aircraft in the skies of western Lebanon, Beirut, Baalbek and Hermel. In a statement, the Lebanese Army verified that Israeli warplanes had entered Lebanese airspace where they flew for over an hour.

Under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which was passed following the July 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, Israeli planes are forbidden from flying over Lebanon.

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