Over the past years, the Israeli military has carried out sporadic attacks against various targets across Syria in what Damascus views as an attempt to boost the Takfiri terror groups that have been taking heavy blows from the Syrian army and allied forces on the battle ground.
The attack came as Israel's military is holding a large-scale drill in the north of the country, simulating a future war with Lebanon. The comments were made during an interview with Israel's 103FM Radio.
In 2016, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it had carried out dozens of strikes in Syria meant to prevent transfers of advanced weapons to Hezbollah.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), has quoted a statement issued by General Command of the Army and Armed Forces affirming that the Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from the Lebanese airspace at 02.42 am on Thursday.
The Israeli military has also repeatedly targeted military convoys within Syria, claiming that they were carrying weapons for Hezbollah, an Islamist militant group and political party based in Lebanon. Three people died in the strike, according to the reports.
The United States has accused Syria of using a research center in the area to develop and produce chemical weapons, which the Syrian government denies.
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Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, tweeted that the reported attack was not routine and targeted a Syrian military scientific centre.
Syria's army has accused Israel of hitting a military base, reportedly used for chemical weapons production, in an airstrike early Thursday.
Masyaf is in the northwestern part of Syria near the Lebanese border. The army said in a statement that the attack hit a facility near the western town of Masyaf, close to the Mediterranean coast. He gave no details but warned "this is something Israel can not accept".
The Observatory reported that seven people were killed or wounded in the strike.
"Israel said clearly that if we will see a strategic threat against Israel we will act", Col. Kobi Marom, a research associate with the International Institute of Counter-terrorism (ICT) in Herzliya told The Media Line.
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Wednesday that a government jet dropped sarin on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province in April, killing more than 80 civilians, and that government forces were behind at least 27 chemical attacks.