Israel Defense minister says precision munitions destined for Hezbollah, speaking amid uptick in reported Israeli airstrikes in Syria
Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed a map of military facilities across Syria he alleged were used to manufacture advanced munitions for Iran and its terror proxies.
“Iran is building terror industries in Syria for its needs. Recently it started building advanced industries in Yemen and Lebanon as well. This trend must be stopped,” Gantz said in New York.
The remarks came amid an apparent uptick in airstrikes widely attributed to Israel in Syria.
Gantz pointed to the Scientific Studies and Research Center, known as CERS, which has a facility near the northwestern Syrian city of Masyaf long associated with the production of precision surface-to-surface missiles, including the process of casting solid rocket motors, as well as chemical weapons.
“The sites that I reveal to you on the map, and in particular the underground site in Masyaf where precision missiles are manufactured, constitute a significant potential threat to the region and to Israel,” Gantz said, addressing a Jerusalem Post conference.
He accused Iran of transforming Syrian military sites into precision-guided missile manufacturing facilities for Hezbollah and other Iranian militias in the region. He said the initiative began under Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force who was assassinated by the US in 2020.