Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

Al-Manar said the strike caused only material damage.

Israel is widely believed to have carried out airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria - including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles - as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations on an individual basis. It was not clear if it was a missile or an air strike, they said.

A large explosion hit the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said.

"Whenever we get intelligence information on an attempt to smuggle, that's a red line for us, and we will act", he added.

In April 2016, Netanyahu admitted for the first time that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah, which fought a 2006 war with Israel and is now battling alongside the Damascus regime.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in his six-year-old civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi'ite militias.

An unnamed "regional intelligence source" said the Israeli Air Force targeted Hezbollah's "arms supply hub" used to stockpile weapons and ammunition coming from Iran on "commercial and military cargo aircraft".

Ilham Ahmad, the co-president of the Syrian Democratic Council which also includes representatives of Arab factions in northern Syria, said on Wednesday that their local commanders have asked the United States to bar Turkish and Syrian jets from flying over Rojava, the predominantly Kurdish-area in northern Syria that is under the Kurds' autonomous rule. Intelligence sources put their numbers at 10,000 to 20,000 and say they play a significant role in military campaigns launched by the Syrian army.

The explosion comes a day after France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Israel has also said that Hezbollah has built up an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets, many of which would be capable of striking anywhere within Israel's territory.

The last conflict between the two left 1,300 people dead and uprooted more than a million Lebanese and 300,000 to 500,000 Israelis.

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