Israel has struck chemical weapons facilities in Syria in the past two years (Washington Post)

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Israel has admitted carrying out dozens of airstrikes in war-torn Syria [Getty- archive]

Israel has struck chemical weapons facilities in Syria twice in the past two years as part of a campaign to prevent Syria from resuming chemical weapons production. Washington Post reported Monday.

The accuracy of the report, which quoted unidentified current and former U.S. and Western intelligence officials, was confirmed to Reuters by a person familiar with the operation who declined to be identified by name or nationality.

The Israeli military declined to comment.

There was no immediate comment from Syrian officials. The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons. In 2013, he promised to surrender his chemical weapons, which he says he has done.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes in Syria that it says targeted Iranian deployments or arms handovers to guerrilla allies.

But on June 8, the newspaper reported, Israeli jets hit three military targets near the cities of Damascus and Homs, all linked to Syria’s former chemical weapons program.

In March of the previous year, Israel targeted a villa and resort linked to the purchase of a chemical that could be used in nerve agents, he said.

Repeated investigations by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have concluded that Syrian government forces used the nerve agent sarin and barrels of chlorine in attacks between 2015 and 2018 which investigators say , killed or injured thousands of people.

Israeli officials have expressed concern about the possibility of Syrian chemical weapons falling into the hands of militant groups.

(Reuters)

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