Israel to launch air raid on Syria’s border to stop Damascus missile attacks

Israel will launch air raids on Syria in an effort to halt its alleged use of chemical weapons in an apparent violation of a cease-fire deal signed between Damascus and the West.

The attack comes amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria, where at least 6,300 people have been killed since March.

More than 1.7 million people have also been forced from their homes since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011.

The Syrian military said in a statement on Friday that its forces were continuing to launch aerial attacks against militants and rebel fighters in the country.

It said its air force and air defense units were carrying out strikes against military targets in the Damascus countryside.

The statement did not say when the raids would be launched.

Israel launched air raids against Syria on Thursday, targeting fighters in Syria’s Damascus countryside and a convoy of Iranian-backed fighters that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon.

The military said its raids were aimed at preventing Syrian forces from crossing into Israel and using the border with Lebanon to attack the southern Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

The strikes are a response to the use of gas in a Damascus suburb that Israel said was launched by the Syrian army.

It did not elaborate on what it was using the gas for.

Syrian state TV reported that the military carried out two air raids in the Golan on Thursday.

The United States has called on all sides to refrain from using chemical weapons and called for a humanitarian pause in the conflict.

Israel has a long-standing military presence in Syria.

In 2014, the government launched a massive offensive to retake the Syrian Golan from Islamic State militants.

The Golan, a Syrian territory claimed by Israel, has been a major strategic point for Israel, which has held the enclave since 1967.

Israel annexed the territory in a move never recognized internationally.