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'Huge' explosion at Damascus airport

07 May 2017, 12:25 | Katrina Lee

Israeli officials have previously said they view any movement of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah units in Syria as a "red line" that would prompt it to carry out air strikes or artillery fire in the past.

The Syrian army confirmed that Israel missile fire targeted a Syrian military position near the worldwide airport of the capital Damascus.

Israel's intelligence minister hinted that Israeli warplanes struck a suspected Hizbullah weapons depot near Damascus International Airport on April 27.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group reported a source said a huge explosion shook the airport and that the airstrikes may have struck a weapons depot near the airport that is believed to belong to Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Photos of a major blaze posted to social media sites appear to confirm the suspicion that either a fuel storage unit or explosive weapons dump were hit.

Later Thursday, Israel's military said its missile defense system hit something flying from Syria over Israel's northeastern Golan Heights.

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An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus global airport, Syrian state media report, according to BBC News.

Peskov did not confirm if Israel had warned Moscow of the strike, saying only that the two nations' "defence ministries are in constant dialogue". The Shiite group is aligned with Iran and is fighting in Syria alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared to Israeli media "The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation".

Things are getting tense between Israel and Syria, with the latest provocation coming before sunrise Thursday.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli army radio that such a strike would be "fully consistent with Israel's policy of blocking the transfer of weapons to [Lebanese militia group] Hezbollah".



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