Syria says Is­raeli mis­siles struck near mil­i­tary air­port

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Syria ac­cused Is­rael of fir­ing mis­siles early Fri­day that landed near a ma­jor mil­i­tary base west of Da­m­as­cus, in the third such re­ported at­tack in nearly six weeks to hit near the cap­i­tal. The Syr­ian govern­ment was quick to re­spond, warn­ing Is­rael of the reper­cus­sions of such at­tacks. But it re­frained from say­ing whether it would re­tal­i­ate.

Da­m­as­cus, pre­oc­cu­pied with the coun­try’s civil war for six years now, is un­likely to open a new front with Is­rael. Mean­while, Is­rael has de­liv­ered the oc­ca­sional mes­sage to Da­m­as­cus by tar­get­ing ship­ments of weapons headed to the Le­banese Hezbol­lah group. The group is a main sup­porter of Syria’s Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad in the civil war.

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from Is­rael on Fri­day to the Syr­ian claims of a strike. Is­rael is widely be­lieved to have car­ried out a num­ber of airstrikes on ad­vanced weapons sys­tems in Syria, but it rarely con­firms them.

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