Israel behind strike at Damascus airport: Reports
Apr 27, Damascus: A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus international airport, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
"The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based monitoring group.
The civil war in Syria has killed more than 320,000 people and, after more than six years, no political solution to the fighting is in sight.
While Damascus has remained relatively insulated from the violence, fighting between the military and rebels has erupted near the capital in recent months.Last month, there were reports that Syrian government forces were bombarding eastern areas of Damascus after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive.
Meanwhile according to news reports from the region, the “incident” in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport was in line with Israel’s policy to prevent Iran’s advanced weapons from reaching Syria. The Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz reportedly told Israeli Army Radio that “the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran".
“Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this,” Katz said, adding that “the prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act.”
When contacted by RT to provide any details on the explosions near Damascus Airport, IDF press office repeatedly declined to comment on the incident and also refused to elaborate on Katz’s statement. “He’s not from the IDF,” a representative of the Israeli military said on the phone.
The Oslo Times International News Network