Blasts Near Damascus International Airport Blamed on Israeli

Laura Christensen
May 12, 2017

Meanwhile, a senior Syrian official threatened that his country would respond to the alleged Israeli strike on a Hezbollah-operated weapons hub near the Damascus airport.

22 February 2017: Israeli aircraft reportedly bomb several Syrian air bases near Damascus, including a Hezbollah convoy travelling with the Syrian army.

They said the attack caused a fire with flames appearing to come from a closed military area of the sprawling complex widely known to be used by Tehran to supply weapons by air to Iranian-backed militias operating alongside the Syrian army.

The airport itself lies about 15 miles southeast of the capital, but locals said the blast was so big it rung out across the city.

The civil war is further complicated by militant factions such as al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria and the even more powerful Islamic State group, which in 2014 carved out a sizeable chunk of territory but has lately been losing ground in the face of a campaign by the US -led worldwide coalition.

Yisrael Katz wouldn't comment directly on the strike Thursday morning but said "it absolutely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also implement".

A regional intelligence source told Reuters news agency that Israeli forces had struck an arms depot belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah group. Israel did not deny or confirm any reports on the attack.

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Hezbollah is a Lebanese terrorist organization that fought a war against Israel in 2006, and is sponsored by Iran.

"The incident is completely in line with Israel's policy of preventing Hezbollah from getting stronger", he said.

Hezbollah militants have been fighting alongside Syrian regime forces since 2012.

The U.S. has also attacked the Syrian regime directly, but President Trump hasn't signaled a willingness to get more involved.

Israel used its Arrow interceptor to destroy what was believed to have been a Russian-made SA-5 missile, and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria's air defence systems "without the slightest hesitation" if it happened again.

Hezbollah, like Iran, is committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.

It intervened in Syria's civil war to support Assad and prevent Sunni Muslim groups from taking power.

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