According to a Syrian state media report, a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport was caused by an Israeli missile strike.
The Sana news agency said, “a fuel tank and warehouses were damaged.”
Israel mentioned that the explosion was still an act of disagreement to the smuggling of weapons done by Iran to Hezbollah.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, reported that the powerful blast was heard across the capital at dawn on Thursday and that it was believed to have happened near the main road that leads to the airport.
Pro-government Al-Mayadeen TV cited sources as saying that missiles had been fired by Israeli jets flying inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
To confirm Israeli involvement in the explosion, the Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this.”
Also, the Prime Minister has said that they will act as soon as they receive an information about an intention of transferring advanced weapons to Hezbollah.
The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports.
Syria and Russia have a lot more to talk about strengthening their air defense and what will its impact be to the Israel, this was during the wake of the US cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air base.
Would it stop the Israeli Air Force’s freedom of action in the skies over Syria, where it has been conducting a campaign to prevent sophisticated weapons transfers to the Lebanese Shia militia group Hezbollah? Well, the attack near Damascus on Thursday answered the question. Clearly, Israel intends to continue its campaign against Hezbollah weapons shipments and one must assume that it has a tacit understanding with Moscow.
Israel is thought to have bombed arms shipments intended for Hezbollah several times since the Syrian conflict began.
On Wednesday, a high-ranking Israeli military officer briefed reporters that approximately 100 missiles intended for Hezbollah had been destroyed in the raid.
Here are suspected acts of Israel against Syria:
23 April 2017: Alleged Israeli attack on a training camp used by militia in Syria’s Golan Heights region, kills three members of the Syrian pro-government National Defense Forces, according to the group.
17 March 2017: The Israeli military says its aircraft attacked several targets in Syria and shot down a Syrian missile.
22 February 2017: Israeli aircraft reportedly bomb several Syrian air bases near Damascus, including a Hezbollah convoy travelling with the Syrian army.
12 January 2017: The Syrian government accuses Israel of firing several rockets on the Mezzeh air base from the Sea of Galilee.
30 November 2016: Israeli aircraft fire missiles on the Syrian town of Saboura, west of Damascus, according to Syrian military sources.
18 January 2015: Six Hezbollah fighters and several Iranian soldiers, including a general, die in suspected Israeli air strikes in Syria’s Golan Heights region.
19 December 2015: Suspected Israeli missiles hit Jaramana district of Damascus, killing nine Hezbollah fighters, including leading figure Samir Qantar.