Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

Cheryl Sanders
April 30, 2017

Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel said the dawn raid struck fuel tanks and a warehouse near Damascus International Airport and that it was probably the result of an Israeli strike.

"The Assad regime uses civil aviation to transport weapons and ammunition and get fighters from Iran", said Wael Alwan, a senior official in the Failaq al Rahman rebel group that operates from a stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus.

Without admitting that Israel attacked the airport, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katza said that the "attack is consistent with our policy to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah by Iran".

Israel is widely believed to have carried out airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria - including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles - as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations on an individual basis.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad accused Israel of "supporting terrorists" after the Wednesday strike.

Then, possibly with these cargo planes still laden with their unknown cargo, a string of explosions hit in the air field at 3:25, Thursday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We can't comment on such reports".

A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus worldwide airport, a monitoring group says.

Meanwhile, air strikes on two hospitals in rebel-held northwestern Syria yesterday left 10 people dead including two babies in incubators, a monitor said. But the war has also transformed the airport into a hub for military traffic and arms shipments.

She said "Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria", and calls on everyone to "act within the framework of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria".

Israel has repeatedly warned against "game-changing" weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon from Syria.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the armistice line on the Golan Heights had remained largely quiet for decades until the Syrian conflict began in 2011. They said the drone came from Syrian airspace, but there is as yet no indication whose drone it actually was, or what it was doing.

Update 1:10pm PST: An Israeli Patriot missile battery fired on and supposedly downed an unmanned aircraft over the Golan Heights.

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