Israeli minister says Iran is using Syrian facilities for weapons production – Middle East Monitor

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday that Iran had used more than 10 military installations in Syria to produce missiles and advanced weapons for its proxies, Reuters reports.

For several years, Israel has stepped up attacks on what it describes as Iran-linked targets in Syria.

There was no immediate comment from Iran and Syria on Monday, but Damascus has declined to comment on such accusations in the past and Tehran has denied building production capacity across the Middle East.

Speaking at a conference in New York, Gantz presented a map of what he said were military sites of the Center for Scientific Studies and Research (CERS), a Syrian government agency involved in manufacturing missiles. and weapons for Iran.

“Iran has transformed the ESRB into production facilities for medium and long-range precision missiles and weapons, supplied to Hezbollah and Iranian proxies. In other words, it has become another Iranian front – a factory advanced strategic weapons,” Gantz said.

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Strikes attributed to Israel have recently intensified on Syrian airports to disrupt Tehran’s growing use of air supply lines to deliver weapons to allies in Syria and Lebanon, including Hezbollah, diplomatic sources said. and regional intelligence. Reuters.

Israeli strikes have repeatedly targeted the Masyaf area, an area in the western district of Hama where Gantz said an underground weapons production facility threatened Israel and the region.

“Masyaf, in particular, is used to produce advanced missiles,” he said.

Gantz added that Iran was also working to build missile and weapons industries in Lebanon and Yemen.

“If this trend does not stop, within a decade there will be advanced Iranian industries throughout the region, producing weapons and spreading terror,” he said.

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