Syrian official threatens to respond to alleged Israeli strike

File The Damascus International Airport lies about 25 kilometres southeast of Syria's capital
File The Damascus International Airport lies about 25 kilometres southeast of Syria's capital
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07 May, 2017

Syria accused Israel of air strikes on a Hezbollah-operated arms depot near the airport in Damascus. Israel did not deny or confirm any reports on the attack.

Israeli officials, however, have yet to formally claim responsibility for the reported strike.

Assad also said that no country which had aided the Syrian opposition should be allowed to take part in Syria's post-war reconstruction.

The Syrian army confirmed that Israel missile fire targeted a Syrian military position near the worldwide airport of the capital Damascus.

Israel regards Hezbollah, and its key backer Iran, as its biggest threat.

It was the third time in less than a week that medical facilities in the province, controlled by rebels and jihadist groups, had been hit in air strikes.

Israeli media said residents in the northern Israeli town of Safed reported seeing two missiles being launched and of explosions occurring afterwards.

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The strike "corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hizbullah", Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli radio.

Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who has tracked air traffic between Iran and Syria for years, said the planes were most likely delivering weapons.

An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus global airport, Syrian state media report, according to BBC News.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a devastating 34-day war in 2006 which killed 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

In a rare step last month, the Israeli military confirmed that its jets had struck several targets inside Syria in a raid that prompted the Syrian military to fire a number of ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory.

Syrian state media said Israeli missiles hit a military position southwest of the airport, but did not mention arms or fuel.


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