Media outlets in Syria and Lebanon have reported that a loud explosion was heard on Wednesday night at a Syrian military base near the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia.
A Syrian news agency reported that naval vessels bombarded the base from the sea, causing heavy damage but no injuries. However, Lebanese media reported that the Lebanese military said that Israeli Air Force planes flew over Lebanon on Wednesday night, apparently on their way to Syria.
The Lebanese military also said that over the course of Wednesday there had been noticeable IAF activity in both southern Lebanon and the border region with Syria.
Eyewitnesses in Latakia said the site, located northeast of the city, is officially characterized as a state-owned agricultural institute.
The same eyewitnesses said that locals were aware that secret military activities took place at the site.
"During the night, we noticed much aircraft activity," an eyewitness told a Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal news outlet. "At a certain point, we were woken up by the sound of blasts and we saw a large fire and many explosions at the agricultural institute. Military and security forces arrived at the scene, put out the flames, and closed off the entire area for kilometers."
Israel has warned that it will not permit advanced weaponry to be transferred from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The IAF has reportedly carried out a number of airstrikes over the past year to thwart such transfers.