CNN reports this evening that there have been Israeli airstrikes on Syria:
“Two U.S. officials are telling CNN that the U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria,” CNN reports. “Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data and they say they believe Israel conducted the strike today or late yesterday.”
CNN’s Barbara Starr adds, “Two U.S. officials confirming to me that U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are tonight reviewing classified data showing indications that they believe Israel did conduct an airstrike into syria. The other data point that they are looking at is the Lebanese are reporting in the last 24 hours 16 Israeli war plane flights over Lebanese airspace coming into Lebanon violating the air space going towards that Syrian border. So clearly something has happened here. U.S. officials say they need to get more information about all this. They are not confirming it publicly. As for the Israelis, they are not confirming it either. But they issued a statement saying, quote, ‘We will do whatever is necessary to stop the transfer of weapons from Syria to terrorist organizations. We have done it in the past and will do it if necessary in future.’ We know that the israeli position is they will strike at Syria if they see weapons being transferred from syria to hezbollah forces in lebanon.”
According to CNN, these strikes appear not to have been targeted at chemical weapons.
And, importantly, Israeli planes, according to Syria, do not appear to have entered Syrian airspace.