SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – Among the sites targeted by British and French air and missile attacks early on Saturday, April 14, 2018, is the site of Jamrya, a center of scientific research.
Israel launched a series of air strikes on the site, which is located close to the Syrian capital Damascus on February 7.
This site is only a center among many centers and facilities that were affiliated to this large institution in various Syrian governorates until 2011.
The bombed area also includes some of the most important strategic military installations in the country.
The headquarters of the 105th Battalion of the Republican Guard and the 4th Brigade of the Presidential Guard, headed by Maher al-Assad, brother of the Syrian president, are also nearby.
The United States imposed sanctions on 271 employees of the center for their role, while producing chemicals used in a chemical weapons attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province in 2017.
The center is responsible for “producing chemical weapons,” according to a statement by the US Treasury Department, according to Washington, like those used in the Khan Sheikhoun attack.
In January, France also imposed sanctions on some 25 people and companies in France, Lebanon, Dubai and China, accusing them of working with the Syrian Research Center to produce chemical weapons. France froze the assets and accounts of these individuals and companies, production of chemical weapons.
The EU has also imposed sanctions on more than 270 people and institutions linked to the center and the production of weapons of mass destruction, he said.
Control a Monia tight
The Center and its associated sites are subject to strict security procedures and are kept strictly confidential, and its staff is prohibited from communicating with any foreign or foreign entities. The staff and experts of the Center are subject to strict security control and follow-up to prevent any leaks or infiltration by foreign intelligence services, especially the Israeli.
It is not known exactly how many employees at the center but more than 10,000 engineers and experts inevitably. The center has sent hundreds of engineers and experts annually to study abroad in areas related to the production of weapons until the current crisis in Syria.
Since its establishment in 1971, the Center has cooperated with a number of countries and institutions, first of all the former Soviet Union and later North Korea and Iran.
According to Western intelligence sources, before 2011, the Center for Scientific Research produced chemical weapons in at least three locations: Jamraya, Khan Abu Shamat in central Syria and Farqalis in the west while production was stored in 50 locations throughout Syria.
The French intelligence services say that the 450th branch of the Research Center carries out the process of loading warheads with chemical weapons.