Posted: 27 Jan 2014 02:25 AM PST
Loud explosions were reported to rock the coastal Syrian city of Latakia late Sundaynight, with reports of a possible airstrike on the Alawite stronghold.
The Palestinian Zamnpress news website reported Monday that Israeli planes carried out the attack on S-300 missiles, citing Western sources.
According to the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, residents reported “a huge explosion” in the Shekh Daher neighborhood of Latakia.
There was no immediate indication of the cause of the blast.
Zamn Press cites Western media sources – but doesn’t mention a single one.
Which means that the report that S-300s were the target is pure rumor from an unreliable Palestinian Arab website.
The explosions are confirmed, though, as happening at 12:20 AM Monday morning.
Haaretz is the only major outlet to show skepticism:
The Israel Air Force bombed a Syrian base in the Latakia airport in the north of the country on Sunday, Lebanese media reported Monday morning. There are currently no other confirmations of this report.
Israeli security sources refused to confirm or deny the claims and there are serious doubts as to whether Israel in fact carried out the attack. In such cases in the past, information leaked was corroborated by the American government. They have not commented on this incident.
Hezbollah’s Al Manar says that Israeli planes were breaking the sound barrier over the Bekaa ValleySunday night, but if the IDF attacked Latakia, is seems unlikely that they would go through Lebanon.
If a bunch of advanced missiles were targeted, then of course chances are very good that the IDF did perform the raid. But right now we know nothing about the target, and the sources that “confirm” that this is from Israel so far have a very poor track record of distinguishing truth from fantasy.