Suspected Israeli warplanes strike Damascus airport

REUTERS
BEIRUT
Published 22.09.2017 11:42

Two rockets struck near Damascus Airport at dawn Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria's borders.

Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on screen. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the airstrike, saying: "We do not respond to such reports."

Earlier this month, the Syrian army reported an Israeli airstrike on a military site in Syria's Hama province.

Israel says it has hit arms convoys of the Syrian military and its Iranian-backed ally Hezbollah nearly 100 times in the past five years.

Israel, which fought a 2006 war with Hezbollah, sees red lines in the shipment to the powerful Shi'ite group of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria's civil war, said the attack earlier this month was on a facility of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, an agency which the United States describes as Syria's chemical weapons manufacturer.

Syria's Assad regime denies using chemical arms.

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