Syria Says Israel Struck Scientific Military Center for Second Time in 3 Months

Syrian state media reports that air defenses responded to the incident ■ Jamraya Research and Information Center believed to be R&D site for missiles, rockets and non-conventional weapons

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The Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques, a 'military research facility' in the Damascus suburb of Jamraya, Syria.
The Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques, a 'military research facility' in the Damascus suburb of Jamraya, Syria.Credit: GoogleEarth

Israel struck Assad regime targets near Damascus on Wednesday, the Syrian military said. Syrian state media said that Syrian air defenses had responded to what it described as "a new Israeli aggression" in the countryside around the Syrian capital.

The Syrian military claimed that Israeli jets came through Lebanese airspace before striking, adding that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles fired.

Sources close to the Syrian government said Israeli missiles had targeted a "research center" in the town of Jamraya, just north of Damascus. According to reports on social media, three explosions were heard in the Damascus area.

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This is not the first report of Israeli strikes on a research facility in Jamraya. The Jamraya Research and Information Center, a "scientific military facility" in the suburb northwest of Damascus is known to Western intelligence agencies as a Syrian military complex where the Assad regime has developed missiles, rockets and apparently also non-conventional weapons.

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