Israel launched air strike on Syrian arms depot from Turkish military base, claims media reports.

An Israeli F-15I fighter jet (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami/Flash 90)

An Israeli F-15I fighter jet (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami/Flash 90)

“Unconfirmed reports that Israel was behind a July 5 attack on a Syrian arms depot in the port city of Latakia continued to emerge Monday, with Russia Today quoting a source as saying that the IAF launched the attack from a Turkish military base,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

“Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached Latakia from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of Syrian airspace so that they cannot become a legitimate target for the Syrian air force,” RT quoted “a reliable source” as saying.

“The Sunday Times had previously quoted Middle East intelligence sources as saying that Israeli Dolphin-class submarines had been behind the attack, while CNN quoted US officials as saying the strike was the work of the IAF,” the Post noted. “Both CNN and The Sunday Times reported that the target of the alleged Israeli attack had been Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles that could pose a threat to Israel. Russia Today’s source did not specify what the target of the alleged strike which originated at a Turkish military base had been. When asked Sunday about reports that Israel was behind the attack on Syria, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave an ambiguous answer, saying, ‘Oh God, every time something happens in the Middle East Israel is accused. I’m not in the habit of saying what we did or we didn’t do. I’ll tell you what my policy is. My policy is to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah and other terror groups. And we stand by that policy.'”

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