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      Syria: Israel Didn't Bomb Us

      Official Syrian denial to reports that Israel is responsible for blasts at Latakia port. Israel silent.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 7/14/2013, 5:30 AM

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      An official Syrian source denied Saturday evening that the explosions nine days ago at a port were the result of an Israeli attack.

      Al Ahlam, an Iranian television channel, quoted an official from Bashar Assad's government who denied that Israel had bombed the harbor at Latakia.

      The series of explosions at Latakia port were the result of airstrikes by Israeli warplanes, multiple U.S. officials told CNN on Friday.

      Regional media widely reported the predawn explosions at Latakia on July 5, but no one had officially claimed responsibility.

      Three U.S. officials told CNN the target of the airstrikes were Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Israel believes posed a threat to its naval forces.

      Israel has remained silent on the matter.