Reports: Israel Bombed Syrian Army Air Base

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FILE -- F-15I fighter jet IAF (Israeli army Air Force) flight (Photo for Illustrative purpose. Ofer Zidon/Flash90/FILE)
An F-15I fighter jet of the Israeli army Air Force. (Ofer Zidon/Flash90/FILE)

A series of explosions were reported at a military airport in western Damascus Wednesday morning. The explosions were followed by a large fire, Israel Radio reported. Witnesses said that there was great damage to buildings and planes, and images posted on social media showed a scene of large devastation. There has been no official Syrian comment yet.

Israel Radio quoted sources in Hezbollah as saying that the attack was carried out by Israel. The IDF has not commented on those reports.

Reports last week said that Israeli planes had struck Syria twice. In one attack, Israeli planes were said to have destroyed a convoy of trucks headed from Damascus to Beirut, and had bombed a Syrian army position in a Damascus suburb. The purpose of the attack, according to the media reports, was to strike and destroy weapons that were meant for Hezbollah. The reports said that Israel fired four missiles at the Syrian army position where weapons that were to be sent to Hezbollah were stored. Also hit were vehicles that were carrying part of the weapons shipment to Hezbollah forces, traveling along the main Damascus to Beirut highway. The IDF had no comment on that story, either.

The Al-Maza military airfield, where Wednesday morning’s bombing and fire occurred, is in the western part of Damascus which is securely under the control of the Syrian army, and is known to have numerous warehouses storing weapons and planes.

Also last week Monday, Israeli Air Force planes dropped bombs on an abandoned U.N. base on the Syrian side of the Golan border that had been taken over by IS forces. Several IS terrorists were killed, sources in Syria said. The attack came after shots were fired at Israeli troops from the Syrian side of the border fence on Monday. Several mortar shells were also fired at Israeli positions in that incident.