As has reported repeatedly during the Syrian Civil War, the Israeli Air Force has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, mainly targeting Iranian troops, as well as their proxy militias, weapons depots, warehouses, and missile construction sites. 

But a recent report by the Washington Post (WP) uncovered that Israeli airstrikes in 2020 and earlier in 2021 have targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities. This is after Israeli intelligence uncovered evidence that embattled President Bashar al-Assad had been restarting his illegal chemical weapons capabilities after Syria had assured the world it had been destroyed. 

Assad assured then-President Obama that Syria would destroy his chemical weapons capability and stockpiles while shipping the manufacturing facilities out of the country. But those assurances were empty as Assad carried out about 200 chemical weapons attacks on his own people who were rebelling against his regime. 

One attack alone left 1,400 dead in a Damascus suburb. Assad’s forces have used deadly Sarin nerve gas and chlorine barrel bombs. The United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded that Syrian government forces used the nerve agent sarin and chlorine barrel bombs in attacks between 2015 and 2018 that investigators said killed or injured thousands of their own civilian population, something the Syrian regime has repeatedly denied.