'Huge' explosion at Damascus airport

Map locates Damascus Syria 1c x 1 1/2 inches 46.5 mm x 38
Map locates Damascus Syria 1c x 1 1/2 inches 46.5 mm x 38
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29 April, 2017

The Syrian military said the Israeli jets struck a military site near Palmyra, while Israel said they targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah.

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said.

When pushed by the interviewer about whether he was claiming responsibility for the attack, Katz said: "I did not say that, I said what I said".

'Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this'. "[.] The Prime Minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicates an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act".

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the allegations.

Israeli forces have on multiple occasions used airstrikes or other attacks to stop such moves, with the military often declining to confirm it was responsible for the strikes.

Residents reported feeling the blasts shortly before 4 a.m.

The source said numerous arms are destined for an array of Iran-backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels.

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Israel has also said that Hezbollah has built up an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets, many of which would be capable of striking anywhere within Israeli territory. Mezze airbase is just a few kilometers from the presidential palace.

Late last month, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the IDF only carries out raids in Syria for three reasons: when Israel comes under fire, to prevent arms transfers, and to avert a "ticking timebomb", namely to thwart imminent terror attacks on Israel by groups on its borders.

Hezbollah's al-Manar media station reported a blast at the fuel tanks and a warehouse next to the airport, which is 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of the city's center. It said "Israeli aggression" had caused explosions and some material losses, but did not expand on the damage.

"Our general staffs maintain continued dialog", Peskov said, when asked if Israel had notified Russian Federation of the strikes it was going to deliver.

It also supports the Syrian regime, committing thousands of fighters to battle alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency said Israel had fired several missiles from inside the Occupied Golan Heights south of the capital striking a military installation southwest of the airport, which serves both military and civilian flights.

Al Jazeera, quoting witnesses and "several activists networks", said there were two blasts, at the worldwide airport and at Mezzeh Military base.


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