Report: Israel attacked Syrian airbase near Damascus airport
Syria has confirmed that Israel was behind Damascus explosionHours after the explosion near Damascus airport, an official in the Syrian army issued a statement denouncing "Israeli aggression." The source stated: "The attack was carried out using a number of missiles fired from the occupied lands."
Syria has confirmed that targets near the airport in Damascus were in fact attacked earlier today. Voicing Hezbollah's earlier accusations, Syria blamed Israel for the attacks: "Israeli aggression took place early this morning at one of the military posts located southwest of Damascus International Airport, " a military source in the Assad regime told the Syrian news agency SANA.
"The attack was carried out using a number of missiles launched from the occupied lands. As a result, numerous explosions occurred and a fire broke out. Extensive damage was done," the military source said.
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"This was a desperate attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist organizations, who are being crushed by our attacks. It will not deter us from continuing the war against them and from defeating them," said the source.
Hours after the attack attributed to Israel, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who is on a visit to Moscow, condemned the attack and denied the allegations about the target. As JOL reported earlier, an intelligence officer in the Middle East told Reuters that the target was a weapons arsenal used by Hezbollah. According to the source, Iran uses the Damascus airport to bring weapons into Syria via commercial and military cargo aircraft. The weapons are then used by Hezbollah and the Shi’ite militias in their fight alongside the Syrian Army. In a conversation with the media, Dehghan also denied that he had met with members of the Israeli delegation participating in a Moscow security conference, the RT news channel reported.
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