Israel attacked chemical weapons plant in Syria, local reports claim

Israel allegedly targeted the Scientific Researchers Center, a plant involved with the development of chemical weapons, near the city of Masyaf in central Syria, reports said. By early Thursday, smoke could still be seen billowing over the area.

The war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the strikes hit a Scientific Studies and Research Center facility, the agency the U.S. describes as Syria’s chemical weapons manufacturer. 

The Observatory also said that a military storage camp next to the center was used to store ground-to-ground rockets and that personnel of Iran and its allied Lebanese Hezbollah group had been seen there more than once.