Israel Strikes Syria Base: US Official

Warplanes hit Russian missiles: reports

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2013 8:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Israeli planes struck a Syrian military base housing missiles, a White House official tells CNN; Israel was reportedly concerned the missiles—which the AP says were of Russian origin—could be passed to Hezbollah. Israel's government hasn't confirmed the attack, though regional reports pointed to a blast at the site near Latakia, a port city. It's unclear whether the attack occurred last night or tonight. Israel has reportedly hit Syrian missiles at least twice already this year, the AP notes, though Israel hasn't confirmed it. The latest reports follow news that Syria reportedly met a major deadline for destroying chemical weapons.

In this image released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers walk on a street at an unidentified location in Latakia province, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.
In this image released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian army soldiers walk on a street at an unidentified location in Latakia province, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/SANA)
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