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Israeli jets hit weapons depot near Damascus airport

News Agencies | Updated on: 22 September 2017, 17:56 IST

Israeli aircrafts has reportedly fired missiles at a weapons depot near the international airport in Damascus, in the third such attack by the Israeli military on targets associated with the Lebanese group Hezbollah, on 22 September.

At least two missiles were fired by the Israeli planes from outside the Syrian airspace hitting a weapons depot.

The explosions were the result of Israeli fire at a weapons depot nearby the airport.

Citing unverified reports, Haaretz reported that Syria's aerial defence responded to Israeli aircraft in the area.

Hezbollah has not yet commented on the reported incident so far.

The Facebook page of the National Guard for the Defence of the Homeland, allied with the Syrian military, reported that "an area near the Damascus international airport was attacked by a hostile missile," while images showed a fire burning in the early hours of Friday morning.

Israel has repeatedly targeted military positions across Syria, mainly those suspected of harbouring arms and ammunition for the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

The latest airstrikes mark a recent increase of Israeli interventions, which have coincided with diplomatic warnings by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that his country will not accept an enhanced Iranian and Hezbollah presence on Israel's northern borders.

Earlier, the Israel Defence Forces shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah after the drone entered the demilitarised zone along the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. The Israel Air Force's aerial defence command fired a Patriot missile and destroyed the drone.


First published: 22 September 2017, 17:56 IST