Syria: Is­rael launched mis­sile attack on Da­m­as­cus air­port

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Is­rael at­tacked Da­m­as­cus In­ter­na­tional Air­port with mis­siles Satur­day night, Syr­ian state me­dia said, adding that air de­fenses shot down some of them. A war mon­i­tor­ing group said the attack tar­geted an arms de­pot for Ira­nian forces or Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah group.

Ex­plo­sions dur­ing the attack were heard across Da­m­as­cus. The state news agency SANA posted pic­tures show­ing what ap­peared to be air de­fenses fir­ing into the air.

State me­dia quoted an uniden­ti­fied mil­i­tary of­fi­cial as re­port­ing the attack but gave no fur­ther de­tails.

Rami Ab­dur­rah­man, who heads the Bri­tain­based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, said the attack tar­geted an arms de­pot near the air­port where new weapons re­cently ar­rived for the Ira­ni­ans or Le­banon’s Hezbol­lah group. The mon­i­tor­ing group had no im­me­di­ate word on ca­su­al­ties, say­ing the strike did cause ma­te­rial dam­age.

Is­rael rarely ac­knowl­edges at­tacks in­side Syria, but has said it would use mil­i­tary ac­tion to pre­vent weapons trans­fers to its en­e­mies.

Ear­lier this month, an Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said the Jewish state has struck over 200 Ira­nian tar­gets in Syria over the past 18 months.

Is­rael is widely be­lieved to have been be­hind a se­ries of airstrikes mainly tar­get­ing Ira­nian and Hezbol­lah forces in Syria that have joined the coun­try’s war fight­ing along­side the gov­ern­ment. It rarely con­firms the at­tacks.

An Is­raeli of­fi­cial said ear­lier this month that the tar­gets were con­nected to Iran’s elite Al-Quds force and in­cluded air force com­po­nents, sup­port in­fra­struc­ture, and weapons stor­age and man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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