A “huge explosion” occurred on Thursday near Damascus airport. Information advanced by the country’s media reports an Israeli attack.
A “huge explosion” occurred at dawn on Thursday near Damascus airport, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The explosion was huge and was heard in Damascus,” OSDH director Rami Abdel Rahman told French news agency AFP.
According to the London-based non-governmental organization (NGO), the explosion did not take place within the airport compound, about 25 kilometers southeast of the Syrian capital.
“It is not clear what caused the explosion, but there are several fires going on in the area,” he said.
Reuters confirms that the attack was carried out by Israeli forces targeting a warehouse complex operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport. The same information is confirmed by the Hezbollah-controlled channel, Al-Manar TV, which guarantees there are no casualties.
The complex houses a significant number of weapons that Tehran, a great ally of the Bashar al-Assad regime, often supplies by air.
In statements, Israeli Information Services Minister Israel Katz says the attack near Damascus is “compatible with Israel’s policy” of preventing arms trafficking. The minister, who spoke through a military radio, did not want to confirm directly the responsibility of Israel but guarantees that the country reserves the right to act when necessary.
The prime minister assured that whenever we receive information on the intention to transfer advanced weapons into the hands of Hezbollah, we will act. It is the policy of Israel. “
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Hashem Ahelbarra says that what is known is that Israeli forces “have already carried out air strikes in the past. The last one was in January and targeted the Mezzeh military base. ”
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The conflict in Syria has dragged on since 2011 and has already killed 320,000 people. Already last month, Assad’s government forces bombarded the outskirts of the city after a rebel offensive.