Israel Bombs Site in Syria
It's the second time this year
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2013 6:09 AM CDT
This citizen journalism image provided by the Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad shows Syrian rebels, right, standing next a damaged warplane, at Abu Dhour military airbase in Idlib, Syria.   (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad)

(Newser) – Two ominous developments in Syria overnight:

  • Israel airstrike: Israel bombed a site within Syria for the second time this year, reports Reuters. Official details are scarce, but the Israeli strike reportedly hit a warehouse that contained high-tech missiles, though not chemical weapons. Israeli officials feared that Bashar al-Assad was sending them to Hezbollah in Lebanon, reports AP.
  • Residents fleeing: The BBC reports that hundreds of Syrians have fled coastal areas amid unconfirmed accounts of at least two massacres by pro-government militia members. A BBC correspondent says videos, which haven't been verified, show corpses including women and children in the villages of al-Bayda and Baniya. Opposition groups allege that a campaign of "sectarian cleansing" is underway to set up a safe haven for members of the minority Alawite sect, of which Assad is a member.

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