Despite Israeli allegations of bombing a weapons convoy heading to Lebanon, Syrian sources reported that the Israeli Air Force bombarded a military scientific center in a suburban area near the Syrian capital, Damascus. Two persons were killed, and several others were injured.Israeli security officials claimed that the target was a convoy “carrying weapons that could change the rules of the game in the region”, including advanced Russian Sam 17 surface-to-air missiles that Syria was allegedly transporting to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party.

The officials said that the alleged missiles can hit planes flying at a low altitude, from very far distances, and are equipped with advanced radar systems.

They also claimed that, should these missiles have been able to make it to Hezbollah, the Israeli Air Force would “lose its sovereignty over Lebanese airspace”.

Syrian sources reported that the Israeli Air Force snuck into Lebanon by flying over the Jabal Al-Sheikh (referred to as Mount Hermon) area, at a low altitude in order to avoid being detected by Syrian radars, and headed to the Jimraya area, in the Damascus countryside, where a Syrian scientific research facility is located, and bombarded it.

The Israeli missiles led to the death of two persons, while at least five others have been injured, and caused significant damage to the building and several nearby buildings, including a parking structure.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese army reported that the Israeli Air Force violated the Lebanese Airspace 16 times on Tuesday between 09:30 in the morning, and 02.00 on Wednesday at dawn.