An Israeli missile strike has hit a military site close to Damascus International Report, according to Syria’s state media. The Sana News Agency claims that a fuel tank and multiple warehouses were damaged during the strike.
Rebel forces in Syria are also claiming that an arms depot run by the Hezbollah movement of Lebanon has been hit. Hezbollah is currently working against the Syrian Rebels, and is in favor of maintaining the current government, which is headed by secular dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The BBC reported that Israel labelled the explosion as consistent with their policy of ensuring that Iran is unable to smuggle weapons across borders to Hezbollah. However, the country’s representatives did not confirm whether they were responsible for the strikes.
Israel has long considered Hezbollah to be one of its biggest threats, especially given its backing to Iran. In 2006, Israel declared war against Hezbollah, but since then, the group has grown in size and power, posing an even bigger threat to the Jewish nation.
A UK-based monitoring group known as the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, has reported that the latest blast was heard all over the capital city on Thursday morning. They also confirmed that the explosion occurred close to a main road that leads towards Damascus International Airport. Sana also reported that a number of missiles were fired around the south-west part of the airport, which caused numerous explosions.
Al-Mayadeen TV, a pro-government Syrian television channel, cited sources and suggested that missiles were set off from Israeli jets that were flying in the Golan Heights, an Israel-occupied piece of land and air space.
Senior sources from Rebel forces in Damascus also told Reuters that the missiles had been fired at an ammunition depot in the military area that was used by militias backed by Iran.
The Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz spoke to Israeli Army Radio and confirmed that the incident in Syria “corresponds completely with Israel’s policy,” which seemed to confirm their involvement. Katz also said that, naturally, he did not “want to elaborate on this.”
However, he did say that the Prime Minister had said that whenever the country receives intelligence which indicates there is an intention of sending advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the Armed Forces would act.
Beyond the comments from Yisrael Katz, there has been no word from the Israeli government or military. The Israeli military did not comment on the reports coming out of Syria.
Strikes in Syria are not uncommon. Earlier this month, President Trump launched 49 missiles into a Syrian air strip after reports came out suggesting President Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people. On 22nd February, Israeli aircraft bombed numerous Syrian air bases near Damascus, and on 12th January, the Syrian government accused Israel of firing rockets at the Mezzeh air base.
As tensions increase in Syria, the UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also announced this week that it would be “difficult to say no” to a Syria strike if the US asked for his country’s support.