Reports of an explosion at a Syrian military base have
prompted speculation of a new Israeli attack on Syria but
Israeli officials would not confirm a report on CNN that
their jets had carried out a strike.
The channel quoted an unidentified US official as saying
Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian base near the port of
Latakia. But Israeli officials declined comment.
"We're not commenting on these reports," a spokesman for the
Israeli Defence Ministry said.
One Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said he thought that Israel had indeed carried out a strike.
He stressed that he was not entirely certain, however.
Israel has repeatedly warned that it is prepared to use force
to prevent advanced weapons, notably from Iran, reaching
Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Muslim guerrillas through Syria.
It carried out several air strikes on Syria earlier this
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collates
reports from opposition activists, said late on Wednesday
that there had been an explosion at Syrian air defence base
near Jableh, in the Mediterranean coastal province of
The Lebanese military said six Israeli jets flew over
Lebanese territory on Wednesday. Israeli aerial incursions
over Lebanon are frequent, but such high numbers have in the
past sometimes been an indication of military strikes against