Israel targets 'drone' and Syrian army base in two strikes

by Abel Hampton May 3, 2017, 1:09
Israel targets 'drone' and Syrian army base in two strikes

According to Syrian military defectors, the airport targeted by the strikes plays a major role as a conduit for arms from Iran.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency said Israel had fired several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Damascus, striking a military installation southwest of the airport that serves both military and civilian flights.

Israel participates in the war in Syria in various forms, which include using weapons against Syrian army positions and directly supporting terrorist groups which fight against government troops, Assad told Venezuelan Telesur broadcaster.

Russian Federation suspended a 2015 agreement aimed at avoiding mid-air collisions in the Syrian airspace after U.S. launched missile strikes against the Syrian Shayrat army airbase and also said that it would beef up Syrian defences.

Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad but escalated as militant groups and regional players such as Iran, Turkey Russia and Israel became involved.

While Israel did not officially admit responsibility for the airstrike, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio Israel has made its intents clear. "When we receive serious information about the intention to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, we will act".

Russian Federation has denounced what it calls "aggression" against Syria following the incident.

Israeli media said residents in the northern Israeli town of Safed reported seeing two missiles being launched and of explosions occurring afterwards.

The Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar news site also attributed the raid to the Jewish state.

Israel's attacks tend to center around Syrian military weaponry which they think might be transferred to Hezbollah, with the official narrative being that the arms would be used against Israel the next time they decide to invade Lebanon.

"It's natural that we should have such systems", said the Syrian leader.

Syrian activists say airstrikes across the opposition-held Idlib province have killed at least 19 people, with some targeting ambulances and medical centers. US jets are also known to strike at positions in Idlib province, where they target al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Israel has officially remained silent on the strike as it has done in previous alleged strikes in Syria.

"If the strike was really conducted by the Israeli Air Force this is a direct violation of global law", the analyst stressed, assuming that the attack wasn't aimed at turning the tide in someone's favor.


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