Syrian state TV claims Israel behind strikes on Damascus military airport

Syria on Friday blamed Israel for a series of explosions that ripped through a Hezbollah depot near military airport on the western outskirts of Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reported.

Syrian media was quick to attribute the airstrikes on the al-Mazzeh airport to the Israel Defense Forces.

State news agency SANA said Israel had launched the missiles from Israeli territory north of the Sea of Galilee.

“At 3:00 a.m., the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from inside occupied territory,” SANA said, citing a military source.

The regime source also threatened “repercussions” against Israel over the strikes.

The Syrian military source called the alleged Israeli missile attack part of “desperate attempts by the Israeli enemy to support terrorist groups and raise their low morale.”

An AFP correspondent heard several explosions and saw a large fire inside the Mazzeh military airport, with smoke visible across the capital.

The Israeli military refused to confirm or deny the reports, in line with its policy of not commenting on foreign reports of military operations.

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Syrian sources have reported several Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory in the course of the civil war, including in the Mazzeh area.

The latest report of alleged Israeli military action was the first since last December, when Syrian state media reported that the IDF fired missiles from within “occupied” territory at an important Syrian regime airbase outside Damascus.

Officials in Jerusalem have repeatedly said that Israel will take action to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to terror groups and over a dozen strikes inside Syria have been attributed to Israel.

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