Explosions reported in Damascus, damage caused to Syrian airbase

Arab media outlets are reporting that several missiles hit a Syrian airbase near the international airport in Damascus. A Lebanese news agency affiliated with Hezbollah is claiming that Israel was responsible for the attack.

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Arab media outlets reported this morning (Thursday) that loud explosions were heard near Damascus International Airport. The Lebanese news agency Al-Manar, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, is claiming that an Israeli airstrike led to the explosions. According to the reports, no injuries were caused. However, fuel tanks and an ammunition arsenal used by the Syrian Army, Iran and Hezbollah were damaged. Fires were reported in nearby buildings after the fuel tanks were hit.

Syrian news agencies confirmed that at around 4:00 AM, five explosions occurred close to the airport in the capital city. However, they refrained from attributing the attack to a specific country or organization. In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz responded to the reports. “The incident is completely in line with Israel’s policy of preventing Hezbollah from getting stronger,” he said.

Reuters spoke with an intelligence official in the Middle East who claimed that the explosions were caused by an Israeli airstrike that targeted a weapons arsenal used by Hezbollah near the Damascus airport. According to the source, the airport is used by Iran to bring weapons into Syria via commercial and military cargo aircraft. The weapons are then used by Hezbollah and the Shi’ite militias that are fighting alongside the Syrian Army.

Just four days ago, a similar attack allegedly carried out by Israel occurred on the outskirts of Quneitra. According to the reports, three people were killed when an ammunition arsenal blew up as a result of the attack.

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