Israeli Warplanes Target Damascus Airport

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

Syrian air defence batteries opened fire on "missiles" near Damascus, Syria's state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

An ammunition warehouse at the Damascus airport was reportedly hit, but a Syrian Transport Ministry official said to SANA airport activity continues as normal.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was "broader than usual," and targeted areas stretching from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa, south of the capital, and all the way to the western village of Dimas near the Lebanese border.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus global airport", Netanyahu said on Sunday at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office.

The source further said that the aggression occurred at 11:15 p.m. local time on Friday, adding, "Eight enemy targets spotted in the skies of Damascus exploded".

The strikes were first reported a little before midnight in Damascus by the Syrian News Agency. Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" early last month to detect and destroy what it called a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels aimed for militants to sneak across the border, capture territory and stage devastating attacks.

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The latest discovery, coupled with a weekend strike against suspected Iranian and Hezbollah sites near the Damascus International Airport that is attributed to Israel, was perceived in Israeli media as Eisenkot's "parting shot" as he left office.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the worldwide news agency said.

In that incident, Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) rarely acknowledge striking specific targets in Syria but its outgoing chief of staff just openly confessed to running a large-scale bombing campaign in its neighbor's territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let Tehran - a supporter of President Assad - entrench itself militarily in the war-torn country.

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