Israel launched airstrikes near Damascus airport


The Israeli air force attacked a warehouse of weapons “Hezbollah”, located near the main airport of Damascus, according to sources in the intelligence communities in the region, Reuters and the Jerusalem Post. Five attacks were made at 3:25 local time, shortly after landed at the airport a few cargo planes from Iran, writes the Jerusalem Post. The fact of strikes confirmed by a military source, the Syrian state Agency SANA. The air strikes triggered a fire. Presumably, ignited the fuel tanks and weapons, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Data on victims no, there is only the material destruction, informs the Lebanese TV channel Al Manar.

Missiles struck an ammunition dump and a military air base near the Damascus airport. Presumably, the cause of the explosions was the shelling of Israel with rockets of distant radius of action, writes Al-Jazeera, citing sources in the opposition.

“I can confirm that the event in Syria is completely responsible Israeli policy aimed at preventing Iran smuggle advanced weaponry through Syria to Hezbollah, said the radio station “Galey Tsahal” the Minister for transport and exploration of Israel Yisrael Katz. However, the fact of the strike on April 27, he neither confirmed, nor denied.

Israel rarely confirms strikes against Syria. Their goal is to prevent the Lebanese movement Hezbollah of weapons that could be used against Israel. The prevention of arms transfers was discussed on 26 April at a meeting of defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu and Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. “During the talks with defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, I noted that Israel is concerned about Iran’s activity in Syria, especially the use of Syrian territory as a transshipment base for smuggling Iranian weapons to terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon, stressing that we will not allow Iran and Hezbollah to concentrate its forces in the border area on the Golan heights,” wrote Minister Lieberman in Facebook (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

Earlier it became known that in March the Israeli air force strike killed up to a hundred missiles in Syria that could be delivered to Hezbollah, Haaretz reports, citing a senior officer. Israeli aircraft attacked the territory of Syria on March 17. The Syrian military reported that fired invaded the country’s airspace the aircraft anti-aircraft missiles and brought down one of the planes of the Israeli air force. However, the Israeli military reported the loss of the aircraft was denied.

On 21 April the shelling by the Israeli army base of Pro-government National defense forces (NDF) in Syria killed three soldiers, Reuters reported with reference to the NDF, and human rights defenders.

On 13 January, the Israeli air force fired missiles at a military airfield al Mazza, located in the South-West of Damascus, 5 km from the presidential Palace, reported the Syrian news Agency SANA with reference to the command of the armed forces of the SAR. For the year 2016 forces of Israel launched about 20 attacks on the Syrian army and Hezbollah.

Between Russia and Israel there is an understanding on in Syria, said earlier orientalist expert Irina Zvyagelskaya.

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