Israel carried out a sequence of in a single day air strikes on an arms depot close to Damascus International Airport on Thursday.
According to Syrian opposition forces, 5 strikes occurred close to Damascus airport highway, 25km from the capital.
While no official remark has been made by the Syrian authorities, Israel have confirmed that the incident was carried out by their navy in an effort to cease Iran from smuggling weapons to Hezbollah.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz informed Israeli Army Radio: “I can verify that the incident in Syria corresponds utterly with Israel’s coverage to behave to stop Iran’s smuggling of superior weapons through Syria to Hezbollah … Naturally, I don’t wish to elaborate on this.
“The prime minister has mentioned that each time we obtain intelligence that indicated an intention to switch superior weapons to Hezbollah, we are going to act.” Katz added.
Al Jazeera reviews:
Reuters information company, citing an intelligence supply, mentioned the depot that was focused handles a big quantity of weapons that Tehran, a serious regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends frequently by air.
The supply mentioned the arms depot will get a serious a part of the weapons provided to an array of Iranian backed armed teams, led by Hezbollah, which have hundreds of fighters engaged in battle in opposition to Syrian rebels.
Rami Abdurrahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, mentioned the blasts had been heard throughout the capital, jolting residents awake.
Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which reviews from Damascus, mentioned the explosions close to the airport highway had been adopted by flames rising above the world.
Previous Israeli strikes
In May 2013 Israel struck three areas in Damascus suburbs, allegedly to destroy Iranian rockets being delivered to Hezbollah. Damascus airport was additionally hit by Israel in May 2013.
The Syrian military mentioned on January 13, 2016 that Israel had focused the Mezze navy airbase. Mezze airbase is only a few kilometers from the presidential palace.
Israel has up to now focused Hezbollah positions inside Syria the place Iranian backed teams are closely concerned within the preventing.
The Syrian authorities warned in January that it will retaliate in opposition to any assault focusing on its personal areas.
Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel mentioned the daybreak raid struck gas tanks and a warehouse close to Damascus International Airport and that it was most likely the results of an Israeli strike.
It added that preliminary indications had been that the blast had induced solely materials harm and never deaths.