Syria accuses Israel of bombing outpost near Damascus

Flames rise after an explosion near an airport west of Damascus, Syria.

The blast was outside the airport itself.

"We consider that all countries should avoid any actions that lead to higher tensions in such a troubled region and call for Syrian sovereignty to be respected", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about the attack.

But Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said it was consistent with Israel's policy to prevent arms transfers through to Hezbollah, while stopping short of confirming his country was behind the incident.

Israel's intelligence minister hinted that Israeli warplanes struck a suspected Hizbullah weapons depot near Damascus International Airport on April 27.

Israel is believed to have hit Damascus in December 2014, and Palmyra last month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also declared in late March, "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it".

Hezbollah is a Lebanese militant group and political party, funded and supplied by Iran.

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SANA quoted an unnamed military source as saying that the bombing had caused significant material damage.

The airport lies about 15 miles southeast of the capital.

Israel has not officially assumed responsibility for the attack, but local media reported that the strike targeted a weapon arsenal of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite group that fights alongside President Bashar al-Assad army.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports, however Israel is thought to have bombed arms shipments intended for Hezbollah several times since the Syrian conflict began. Israel has not confirmed the strike, and usually does not acknowledge its airstrikes inside Syria.

There were several strikes near the same base previous year.

Israel has carried out similar attacks in the past.

  • Megan Austin