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

(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.

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)
This citizen journalism image provided by the Local Council of Barzeh shows Syrian rebels taking cover in the the Barzeh district of Damascus on April 26.   (AP Photo/Local Council of Barzeh)
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