Israel 'confirm' Syria air strike

Israel has carried out an air strike on Syria targeting a shipment of advanced missiles, officials said. Meanwhile, in a rare appearance, President Bashar al-Assad visited an university in Damascus today.

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Israel's 'air strike in Syria' is as yet unconfirmed

Israel has conducted an air strike in Syria, apparently targeting a building, according to CNN, although there has not yet been any official confirmation.

The network said US officials did not believe Israel had targeted a chemical weapons facility. CBS News cited US sources as saying Israel targeted a warehouse.

But Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari told Reuters, "I'm not aware of any attack right now."

A White House spokeswoman referred questions on the CNN report to the Israeli government.

The Pentagon declined comment.

In Jerusalem, a Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

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'If we leap before looking there is a price' says Obama

President Barack Obama has said the US expects to find more evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but warned that rushing into the conflict could cause problems on the ground.

Obama added that the US is already engaged, on a day-to day basis, in trying to deal with the crisis

He said the US is investigating to "get a better handle on the facts inside of Syria".

Speaking at in press conference in Costa Rica, Obama added: "If there is the kind of systematic use of chemical weapons inside of Syria - we expect that we are going get additional, further evidence - at that point we will present that to the international community".

He went on to warn: "When we rush into things, when we leap before we look, then not only do we pay a price, but often times we see unintended consequences on the ground. It's important for us to do it right."

Read: Obama issues Syria warning

Report: US believes Israel conducted air strike into Syria

The US believes Israel has conducted an air strike into Syria, CNN has reported, quoting unnamed US officials.

The news network claimed US and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel is most likely to have conducted a strike between Thursday Friday, according to two US officials.

CNN report this was the same time frame that the US collected additional data showing Israel was flying a high number of war planes over Lebanon.