Syria And Israel's Rocky Relationship Might've Just Gotten Worse
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 18:07
Meanwhile, air strikes on two hospitals in rebel-held northwestern Syria yesterday left 10 people dead including two babies in incubators, a monitor said.
Earlier, Damascus ally Hezbollah said the blast was "probably" the result of an Israeli air strike.
Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying rockets fired from Israeli territory targeted a military area in the southwestern part of the airport which caused explosions.
An anonymous regional intelligence source speaking to Reuters said the blast site contained a weapons depot operated by Hezbollah, which was regularly stocked with supplies sent from Tehran.
Israel has carried out another major overnight attack on Syria today, going after an arms depot near the Damascus airport, which they say was a site which Iranian weapons were delivered to.
The source said numerous arms are destined for an array of Iran-backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels.
23 April 2017: Alleged Israeli attack on a training camp used by militia in Syria's Golan Heights region, kills three members of the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces, according to the group.
Since its foundation, Hezbollah has fought to annihilate the state of Israel.
The Sana news agency said a fuel tank and warehouse were destroyed as Hezbollah's media channel Al-Manar pointed the finger at Israeli warplanes.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Israeli army radio that such a strike would be "fully consistent with Israel's policy of blocking the transfer of weapons to [Lebanese militia group] Hezbollah". Last month, Israel had confirmed that it conducted several strikes in Syria.
Reports circulating in Arab media claimed that the Israeli air force hit the location five times at around 5am local time, targeting weapons that were arriving for Iranian-backed militant groups.
Israel and Syria are technically at war, though the armistice line had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.