BEIRUT -- The Syrian state news agency SANA, citing initial reports, said early Sunday that Israeli missiles struck a military research centre near the capital Damascus.
If confirmed, it would be the second Israeli strike on targets in Syria in three days, signalling a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war.
Israel has said it will not allow sophisticated weapons to flow from Syria to the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a heavily armed foe of the Jewish state.
Two previous Israeli airstrikes, one in January and one on Friday, targeted weapons shipments apparently bound for Hezbollah.
Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment on the reports of a new strike Sunday. A Pentagon spokeswoman couldn't confirm the SANA report.
-- The Associated Press