'11 Killed, Iranian Missiles Hit' in Blasts at Syrian Airport, Reports Say

According to reports, the explosions went off in fuel and arms depots in Syria's Hama, hit Iranian surface-to-air missiles

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A photo of explosions in Syria
A photo of explosions in Syria

Explosions were heard near Hama airport in Syria on Friday, Syrian state media said, without giving details. Sky News in Arabic reported that surface-to-air missiles belonging to Iranian militias were hit.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the series of explosions were near Hama's military airport and had been heard in Hama city. The blasts killed at least 11 government soldiers and allied fighters, they reported.

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According to reports, the explosions went off in fuel and arms depots.

"The reason behind the blasts is unknown still, but it might be due to high temperatures or a technical fault," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the observatory, told dpa.

Last Wednesday, Iranian forces fired 20 rockets at Israel Defense Forces positions in the Golan Heights. Four of the rockets aimed toward Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system while the remaining rockets exploded on Syrian territory, the military said.

The Iranian attack prompted the most extensive Israeli strike on Syria in decades; overnight, Israel openly attacked dozens of Iranian military and logistics targets in Syria. 

The Israeli military accused the Revolutionary Guards' Al Quds force and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack at the Israeli Golan Heights. The attack was most likely in retaliation for previous attacks on attributed to Israel on Iranian bases and positions in Syria.