Israel 'Strikes Weapons Depot Meant for Iran or Hezbollah Near Damascus Airport'

Syrian air defenses intercept several Israeli missiles, Syrian army source tells state media

The attack in Syria, from Syria's state media Sana, September 15, 2018.
The attack in Syria, from Syria's state media Sana, September 15, 2018.Credit: Sana

Israel struck in Syria on Saturday night, targeting an area near the airport in Damascus, Syrian state media reported. According to the report, several Israeli missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses.

''Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression," state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

Footage of the attack in Syria, September 15, 2018.Credit: Sana

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Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the missile attack targeted an arms depot near the airport where new weapons recently arrived for the Iranians or Lebanon's Hezollah group.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

“Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday amid reports of the strike.

“Our red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is stronger than ever,” Netanyahu added.

Earlier this month, Syrian state media reported that Israeli jets attacked military targets in the northwestern Syrian city of Hama, targeting Iranian positions.

In August, a senior Syrian chemical weapons development scientist was killed when his car exploded in the nearby city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria in an attack that Syrian media attributed to Israel's Mossad espionage agency. According to reports, Dr. Aziz Asber ran a scientific development center in the city, which was attacked several times before. The blast also killed his personal driver.

Several strikes near Masyaf have been attributed to Israel in recent years, including one on July 22.

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In May, Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries.

Israel has previously acknowledged having carried out air strikes in Syria aimed at degrading the capacity of Iran and its allies, including Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah group, which are backing Assad in the country's seven-year civil war.

The Israeli military struck more than 200 targets and fired 800 missiles and mortar shells over the past year-and-a-half, a senior IDF official said earlier in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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