Israeli Aircraft Reportedly Hit Damascus Airport Area With Rockets (PHOTOS)
- Autor: Leon Brazil Set 24, 2017,
Set 24, 2017, 7:19
The latest in an ever-growing string of Israeli attacks against targets inside Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported an overnight Israeli attack on the Damascus International Airport.
Alongside this incident, Israel also reportedly shot down a Hezbollah drone flying along the border between Israeli and Lebanese airspace.
Pictures allegedly showing the moment of the attack have emerged online on Arab and Hebrew-language social media. The impact of missiles, the source said, caused fires in several areas of the facility, which were smothered by Syrian fire department. Al Masdar News, a Lebanese outlet, also reported that an Israeli drone attack the airport, citing a report from the Syrian military that the attack did not seriously damage the airport or its surroundings, and that there were no casualties.
Israel, which fought a 2006 war with Hezbollah, sees red lines in the shipment to the powerful Shi'ite group of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons.
Israel has remained quiet on the accusations, but has repeatedly warned it stands ready to take military action to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining advanced weaponry. The missiles targeted Syrian Army positions near the city of Masyaf in Hama province, killing two servicemen, according to the Syrian general command.
In April, a similar incident occurred when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) hit near Damascus airport, targeting a weapons depot of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah.