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Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Syria accuses Israel of bombing key military airport near Damascus

Syria accuses Israel of bombing key military airport near Damascus

Over the last few years, Israel has repeatedly been charged with bombing military facilities in Syria, including sites that reportedly contained Iranian-made and Russian-made missiles.

Officials in Jerusalem have said they take action to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to terror groups; over a dozen strikes inside Syria have been attributed to Israel.

"The Syrian armed forces warns the Israeli enemy of the repercussions of this blatant aggression, and insists on continuing the war on terrorism to eliminate it", the source added.

The Syrian state-run Sana news agency blamed the explosions that rocked the airport early Friday morning on Israeli missiles, and reported a fire, but no injuries.

Residents of Damascus reported hearing several explosions that shook the city.

Flare-up's between Israel and Syria are frequent in the disputed region, which spans the border between the countries. "A military source told SANA that several missiles were fired from the Lake Tiberias area and landed in the surroundings of al-Mezzeh airport at 12:25 after midnight, causing a fire to erupt".

It also linked the alleged strike to Israel's "support of terrorist groups".

State television in Syria quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight
State television in Syria quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight

This is the second time in two months the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has being accused by the Syrian government of targeting Syrian positions from Israeli territory.

The airport southwest of the capital is a major strategic air base used mainly by Syrian elite Republican Guards and had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently reiterated his government's position to not get involved in the war.

The attack was the third such incident recently, according to the Syrian government. A week earlier, SANA said Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of Damascus, in the Sabboura area.

It said it was part of a series of Israeli attacks that started with Syria's war in March 2011.

A bomb attack hit the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, killing at least eight people.

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