Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Explosions Rock Damascus Airport Following Cargo Flights From Iran

By its part, the Syrian Foreign Ministry denounced another air strike by Turkey in the north-east of the country that left a toll of dozens of civilian casualties, media reports said.

Israeli air strikes have hit an arms depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport, Syrian opposition sources told Al Jazeera.

The incident came after Syria accused Israel of striking a military installation near the airport, setting off a series of pre-dawn explosions.

The Intelligence Minister of Israel, Yisrael Katz, was quoted by NYTimes, saying, the attack was launched to not to allow Hezbollah group obtain access to such weapons.

"When we receive serious information about the intention to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, we will act".

The explosion was heard across the capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said.

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The Syrian government warned in January that it would retaliate against any attack targeting its own areas.

On Friday the military said that it had hit targets in Syria in response to three projectiles that landed in the Israeli Golan Heights earlier, in what the army said was likely stray fire from Syria's civil war.

That depot, they said, was used by Hezbollah - jihadis backed by the Syrian regime. The Israeli army said the rockets were not among Syria's most advanced. A Lebanese news agency affiliated with Hezbollah is claiming that Israel was responsible for the attack.

Israel is widely believed to have carried out airstrikes in recent years on advanced weapons systems in Syria - including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles - as well as on Hezbollah positions.

Hezbollah, considered by Israel a terrorist organization, was established in the 1980s in Lebanon.

"Hours before the blasts, which took place at 3:25 A.M., two Iranian 747 cargo planes, an Iranian Ilyushin il-76 and a Syrian Ilyushin il-76 landed in Damascus, according to the flight radar tracking site", Haaretz reported. There were several strikes near the same base past year.

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