Syria blames Israel for Damascus airport blast
- Author: Megan Austin May 01, 2017,
May 01, 2017, 16:02
SANA says Israel fired several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights south of the capital at a military installation near the capital's main airport, triggering several explosions and causing damage. The Shiite group is aligned with Iran and is fighting in Syria alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Lebanese news channel Al Mayadeen reported that Israeli missiles had passed over the Golan Heights, and that Israeli jets had not entered Syrian airspace.
Israel is widely believed to have carried out several air strikes in recent years on advanced weapons systems in Syria - including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles - as well as Hezbollah positions.
The Syrian military said it would continue its "war on terror" - government parlance for the battle against all groups trying to oust Assad.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz has already commented on this airstrike, stating that it corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. "When we receive serious information about the intention to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, we will act".
'Syria calls on the worldwide community and the United Nations to condemn this aggression and the policies of the Turkish regime that support terrorism, ' the Foreign Ministry added.
Interestingly enough, Katz shied away from claiming responsibility for the strike.
Russia's military said a day after the attack that Syria's air defenses would be boosted.
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On January 13, Syria accused Israel of bombing Mazzeh airbase in the western suburbs of the capital.
The incident comes after Syria's official news agency reported that Israel struck a military compound outside Damascus International Airport.
Israel's attacks tend to center around Syrian military weaponry which they think might be transferred to Hezbollah, with the official narrative being that the arms would be used against Israel the next time they decide to invade Lebanon.
Reacting to the incident, the Kremlin strongly criticised Israeli air strikes, saying Israel and other countries should avoid any action that heightened tension in the region.
The airport still services several Syrian carriers operating both domestic and worldwide flights, along with Iranian and Iraqi airlines.
The drone was said to have been launched from Syrian territories.
The activists believe Russian Federation or the Syrian government launched the raids. The two fought a month-long war in 2006.