Syria Border Heating Up Leads to Tensions With Iran And Russia
- Author: Leroy Wright May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 12:11
The Syrian military said the Israeli jets struck a military site near Palmyra, while Israel said they targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah.
Syria's state news agency SANA said several Israeli missiles hit near the airport causing material damage.
According to earlier reports the Israeli Air Force attacked a weapons depot of the Lebanese Hezbollah near Damascus's global airport.
Since April 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is outspoken on Israel's policy to disrupt Iranian weapon supplied to Hezbollah in Syria.
Yoav Galant, Israel's construction minister, also declined to confirm the strikes but told Channel 10, "Our enemies must know: We will know to use our power to protect our interests by ourselves".
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said a massive explosion near Damascus International Airport on Thursday was consistent with Israel's policy, but stopped short of confirming his country was behind it.
The U.S. has also attacked the Syrian regime directly, but President Trump hasn't signaled a willingness to get more involved.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We can't comment on such reports".
No casualties have been reported.
The interception comes hours after the pre-dawn Damascus explosion which Russian Federation labelled a "gross violation of Syrian sovereignty".
The explosion comes after France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of Assad's government and shows it was responsible.
Israel regards Hezbollah, and its key backer Iran, as its biggest threat.
"Every time we receive intelligence information on plans to transfer advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, we will act", the minister added.
One of the anti-air projectiles fired by the Syrian army was intercepted by Israel's "Arrow" missile defense system north of Jerusalem.
Since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011, Israel has occasionally struck positions inside its war-ravaged neighbor, especially after shells allegedly fired from Syrian territory fell inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The Kremlin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: "We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an increase in tension in this already restive region and call for respect of the sovereignty of Syria".