Earlier Thursday, April 27, Syria’s Damascus International Airport was rocked by a huge explosion, which occurred as a result of an Israeli missile strike which hit a nearby military site. No casualties were reported, but a local news agency claims that warehouses in the area were damaged, as well as a fuel tank. Other sources, however, have alleged to even more turmoil in the aftermath of the blast.
According to BBC, a Lebanese arms depot was hit by the explosion, with the military storage facility being run by the nation’s Hezbollah movement. These soldiers are fighting in Syria alongside government soldiers, as the two nations became allies some time ago. This is the reason behind the attack, say Syrian rebels.
The Israeli government, reports Al Jazeera, did all but fully admit responsibility for the incident near Damascus International Airport. In a statement, officials say that the blast was “consistent” in regards to their previously implemented policy, which was created to prevent Iran from smuggling firearms and suchlike to Hezbollah.
Iran has been the Islamist militant group’s main backer for some years now, and as such has been at war with Israel since 2006. The latter nation views Hezbollah’s top supporter as the “biggest threat” to their country.
The Damascus International Airport incident took place shortly after dawn on Thursday morning, reveals SBS. The blast was heard “across the capital” says UK-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, or SOHR. The NGO’s officials go on to say that the explosion occurred either on or nearby the main road which leads to the airport.
The Syrian Arab News Agency gave a statement in which they claimed that several missiles had been fired at a military base located south-west of Damascus International Airport, thus resulting in the reported explosion. Al-Mayadeen TV, a pro-government media source, has accused Israeli forces of ordering the jets which dropped these missiles to fly over the Syrian capital. These jets are said to have been flying inside Golan Heights, a region of which the western two-thirds are occupied by Israel.
Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, did not hesitate to admit that his nation may well have had some direct involvement in the Damascus International Airport explosion. No further information was given in his statement, however, as the 61-year-old “naturally [did not want to elaborate]” on the matter. The Israeli military was also asked give commentary on the situation, but all officials declined this request.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
Photo Courtesy Igor Bubin