New Overnight Attack, Explosions near Damascus Airport

Laura Christensen
May 11, 2017

A series of blasts have ripped through an arms supply hub close to Damascus International Airport in Syria.

Syrian state television reported Thursday that missiles had hit a military site southwest of the airport, quoting a military source.

In March, Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime fired a number of missiles toward Israeli jets after the Israel Air Force struck targets in Syria.

A military spokeswoman refused to comment on Israeli media reports that the object was a drone.

Israel generally neither confirms nor denies involvement in such attacks.

"The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hizbullah, we will act", he added.

Israel's attacks tend to center around Syrian military weaponry which they think might be transferred to Hezbollah, with the official narrative being that the arms would be used against Israel the next time they decide to invade Lebanon.

Israel and Syria have clashed in the past over strikes on Hezbollah.

Israel has shot down "a target" over Golan Heights on the border with Syria, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus' global airport.

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The news agency of Syria, Sana, claimed that Israel launched missile strikes on the airport.

Explosions were heard miles away from the Damascus airport.

Israel fought a devastating war against Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in 2006.

The United States has also blamed Mr Assad's Government for the April 4 attack.

"Al-Manar's correspondent reported that an explosion struck at dawn on Thursday in fuel tanks and a warehouse near Damascus International Airport and that it was probably the result of an Israeli strike", the channel reported.

In September of last year, Ottolenghi observed, "Flight records show that Iran Air's flight 697 - the Tehran-Damascus route - was operated 66 times over the last year, including three times from Abadan, on Sept. 8, June 9 and May 10".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not say if Israel had warned Moscow of the strike, saying only that their defence ministries "are in constant dialogue".

It has also carried out a number of airstrikes on suspected weapon convoys it believed were destined for Hezbollah.

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