Israel attacked Damascus airport, says Syria

28 April, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Lorena Waters

The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, (SOHR) Rami Abdurrahman said. It reported damage but no casualties.

Syrian government forces have reported been bombarding eastern areas of Damascus following a sudden offensive launched by rebel fighters. "Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this".

"Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act", the minister added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings, the second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week after twin bombings killed 74.

Separately, a spokesperson for the IDF told CNN the army had no comment on reports that Israel was responsible. With various heavily armed radical groups battling President Bashar Assad, Syria is Israel's most unpredictable and unstable neighbor and poses one of the largest risks for a sudden escalation.

Israel and Syria have clashed in the past over strikes on Hezbollah.

Russian Federation has denounced what it calls "aggression" against Syria following the incident.

Liberman had expressed his concern about Iran's use of Syria to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah.

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Speaking in Moscow on Wednesday, where he was attending a security conference, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated that Israel "will not allow Iranian and Hezbollah forces to be amassed on the Golan Heights border".

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

Last month, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syria conflict began, Israeli warplanes struck several targets , drawing retaliatory missile fire.

Netanyahu defended the Israeli strike.

The military source also had said that the rockets have been fired from Israeli territory, according to SANA.

USA -backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they want the global coalition to provide air cover over northern Syria, to protect them from Turkish and Syrian government air raids.

Just before the apparent Israeli missile strike, at least three cargo jets from Iran probably landed at the Damascus airport, said Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

"It is necessary to respect the sovereignty of Syria and refrain from actions that lead to increased tensions in the region", he said.

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