Syria 'confirms' Israeli air strike, but denies lorries carrying weapons targeted
London, Jan 31 : A statement from the Syrian military has confirmed that an Israeli air strike targeted its territory, but denied reports that lorries carrying weapons bound for Lebanon were hit.
It said in a statement that the target was a military research centre northwest of the capital Damascus.
Two people were killed and five injured in the attack, it added.
Lebanese security sources, Western diplomats and Syrian rebels said that an arms convoy was hit near Lebanon's border.
But the statement, released by the Syrian army, denied reports that an arms convoy had been hit, the BBC reports.
The army statement, quoted in Syria's official media, said that 'Israeli fighter jets violated airspace and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence.'
The centre, in Jamraya, northwest of the capital Damascus, was damaged in the attack, along with an adjacent building and a car park, the statement added.
According to the report, the attack came as Israel voiced fears that Syrian missiles and chemical weapons could fall into the hands of militants such as Lebanon's Hezbollah.