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Live update & analysis | Syria: Reports of an Israeli air strike

Last modified: 31 Jan 2013 02:51

Israeli jets have reportedly carried out an airstrike inside Syria - for the first time in more than five years.

But there are conflicting accounts of what the target was.

Regional security sources quoted by the Reuters news agency say Israeli aircraft attacked a convoy of trucks carrying weapons towards the border with Lebanon.

The Syrian state news agency, however, says Israeli jets have bombed a scientific research centre in Jamraya on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Lebanon's military says Israeli jets flew into Syrian airspace three times.

They say the attack destroyed the centre, killing two workers and wounding five others.

In the interview linked above, Michael Eisenstadt, a former military analyst with the US government, told Al Jazeera that Israel is concerned Syria's weapons could end up in the wrong hands.

Read our news story for more detail: Syria confirms Israeli airstrike