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Israel Launches Airstrike Into Syria, Officials Say

Israeli Embassy spokesman Aaron Sagui tells the Associated Press that Israel is determined to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

Khaled Al-Hariri / Reuters

The Associated Press reported Friday evening that Israel had attacked a suspected weapons site in Syria.

The report, which cited American officials, said the strike occurred overnight Thursday into Friday. One official said the strike appeared to hit a warehouse.

Israeli leaders have expressed concerns that the Syrian regime would transfer chemical weapons to anti-Israel militant groups, including the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Update: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:35 p.m. ET:


E McMorris-Santoro

@EvanMcSan

WH declines comment on rpts of Israeli strikes in Syria, refers Qs to Israeli govt.


E McMorris-Santoro

@EvanMcSan

Asked Obama has been briefed on Israeli strikes, WH official tells BuzzFeed they’re “aware” of rpts and refers Qs to Israel.

Update: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 4:43 a.m. ET:

BREAKING: Israeli officials confirm airstrike on Syria, say it targeted shipment of advanced missiles. -MM

— The Associated Press (@AP)

The Associated Press

@AP

BREAKING: Israeli officials confirm airstrike on Syria, say it targeted shipment of advanced missiles. -MM

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Michael Rusch is a socials editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Rusch was selected by Time as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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