Israel blamed for strikes on Hezbollah sites near Damascus

Israel blamed for strikes on Hezbollah sites near Damascus

Eyewitnesses say jets targeted guided missiles belonging to Shiite group; Arabic media also reports blast at military airport

Illustrative photo of an IAF F-16 (IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Flash90)


Hezbollah sites near the Syrian capital, Damascus, were targeted Tuesday night by airstrikes, killing and injuring a number of fighters in the Shiite militia group, according to Syrian news reports.

 

A number of the reports, citing eyewitnesses, said Israeli fighter planes were responsible for the airstrikes in the town of al-Zabadani. However, official Hezbollah and Syrian regime sources have yet to blame Israel for the attack.

Israeli officials wouldn’t comment on the reports.

The reported airstrikes comes exactly one week after the official website of the Syrian government Sana accused Israel of carrying out bombings raids near Damascus.

The Kurdish website ARA News, citing an eyewitness, said the alleged Israeli airstrikes Tuesday night struck guided missile sites belonging to Hezbollah.

The source told ARA the airstrikes caused “great damage” and killed and injured a number of Hezbollah fighters. The injured were scrambled to hospitals in nearby towns, the report said.

Meanwhile, Arabic media reported a massive explosion early Wednesday morning at a Syrian military airport in Damascus.

The Syrian government has yet to comment on the explosion at the airport, though pro-Hezbollah sources blamed Israel for the blast.

Hezbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria, providing military aid to Assad regime and Iranian forces.

In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel had carried out dozens of strikes against Hezbollah to prevent the group from obtaining advanced weapons — a rare Israeli admission.

Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining “game-changing” arms — in particular advanced anti-aircraft systems and chemical weapons.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

The timesofisrael

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