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Israel admits it bombed Syrian 'nuclear site' in 2007

12:15, Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Israel admits it bombed Syrian 'nuclear site' in 2007

The Israeli military formally confirmed for the first time on Wednesday it carried out a 2007 air raid on a suspected nuclear reactor deep inside Syria.

Israel was widely believed to have been behind the September 6, 2007 attack, but had never admitted it and censored media reports.

Eight fighter jets flew at low altitude on the secret mission against the suspected plutonium nuclear reactor in the Deir el-Zour region of eastern Syria, the military said.

"On the night between September 5th-6th, 2007, Israeli Air Force fighter jets successfully struck and destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in development," the Israeli statement said. "The reactor was close to being completed. The operation successfully removed an emerging existential threat to Israel and to the entire region — Syrian nuclear capabilities”.

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