Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah Arms Depot near Damascus

Israeli Airstrikes Target Hezbollah Arms Depot near Damascus

According to Syrian state media, the strikes began around 10 p.m. Tuesday and were carried out by Israel from Lebanon.

Moscow's defence ministry earlier said Israeli strikes had endangered two passenger planes.

It added that the Israeli warplanes fired the missiles from Lebanese airspace.

Later on Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs slammed the Israeli aerial attacks as a violation of the Syrian sovereignty. The Syrian regime has branded any rebel groups fighting against its rule as terrorists.

In February 2018 Israel hits Syrian and Iranian targets in a series of raids launched after an Israeli fighter jet crashes under fire from Syrian defences.

"Our air defences confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed a lot of them before reaching their targets", the source said.

Syrian media said that most of the incoming missiles were intercepted by its defences, which were filmed firing overnight.

Russia, blaming Israel for the incident, agreed to supply Syria with its advanced S-300 air defense system which Damascus had said would make Israel "think carefully" before carrying out further air raids.

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An unnamed US Department of Defense official was later cited by American publication Newsweek as saying that the Israeli strikes had also targeted Hezbollah leaders as they prepared to board a plane bound for Iran.

The strike was also connected with differing reports of the presence of at least one Iranian cargo jet at Damascus Airport.

During the Israeli airstrikes, three soldiers were wounded when an arms dump exploded.

The attacks came less than a month since Syrian air defenses were activated against several missiles, which were aimed at the city of al-Kiswah, located approximately 13 kilometers south of Damascus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant Israel would "continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria".

But he reiterated Israel's intention to prevent "Iranian military entrenchment, which is directed against us" in Syria.

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