The Israeli military has staged a maneuver at a northern airport amid reports of a possible military intervention in the violence - stricken Syria, Israeli media say.
According to a report by the Israeli website Ynet, the military exercise kicked off at Rosh Pina Airport in northern Israel early on Wednesday. The drill was scheduled to continue until afternoon. However, Yosef Glasberg, the airport’s director, said there was no connection between the drill and the reports of a possible attack on Syria. Another two - day military exercise is also set to take place in the occupied Golan Heights later this week. Meanwhile, Israeli newspaperMa’ariv reported that the Israelis are not ready to cope with chemical strikes, while about 40 percent of Israeli residents are not provided with gas masks. On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar. A number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, were quick to adopt war rhetoric against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the baseless claim. Since Tuesday, speculation has become stronger about the possibility of a military attack on Syria. Media outlets have been reporting US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on four US destroyers in the Mediterranean.” The plan, however, seems to be awaiting US President Barack Obama’s go-ahead.