Russia: Israeli strike on Syria would be unacceptable

Russia said on Thursday that an air strike by Israel against Syria would be unacceptable after Bashar al-Assad's regime claimed a military research center was attacked by Israeli fighter jets.

Russia's foreign ministry expressed deep concern over Syria's claims and said that it would take urgent measures to learn more information. Israel reportedly launched a strike on Wednesday that targeted a military research center near Damascus, AFP reports.

"If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked strikes against targets located on the territory of a sovereign state, which brazenly infringes on the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motive used for its justification," Russia's foreign ministry said, according to AFP.

Syria claimed that warplanes entered the country's atmosphere at low altitude, partially destroying the facility with six rockets, causing a fire and killing two people.

"Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defense," Syria's military said, according to AFP. "They...carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building."

Syria's army denied reports that a strike by Israel targeted a weapons convoy from Syria near its border with Lebanon.

The reported attack occurred shortly after Israel expressed concerns that Syria's chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of Hezbollah or other militant organizations. Israel and the United States declined to comment on the attack, AFP reports.