Israel Said Behind Bombing of Airbase in Syria

A view of bombed buildings in the Syrian town of Quneitra, on the border with Israel in the Golan Heights, April 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Another “mysterious” attack on an airfield in Syria has been attributed to the IDF, according to sources in Syria. The Saudi Ukaz newspaper quoted the sources as saying that the attack occurred Friday at an airfield near Damascus. The attack seems to have been directed at several warehouses containing weapons belonging to Hezbollah. The Syrian sources attributed the attack to the IDF, which has not commented on the attack.

The base has also been used to launch drones, the sources said. Last week, the IDF fired a Patriot missile to successfully take down an unmanned aerial vehicle that appeared at the border of Israel along the Golan Heights. The missile shot down the drone while it was in the area of the border, and it fell inside Syrian territory, in the village of Ahmadia near the border. The IDF spokesperson said that the drone was launched from a military airport near Damascus.

Earlier in September, reports claimed that the IDF hit a Syrian military facility that was said to manufacture chemical weapons for the Syrian army and Hezbollah. The Syrian army said that two of its soldiers had been killed in the attack. According to the army statement, “enemy Israeli planes” conducted a missile attack near the town of Masayef. The planes, which flew in from the direction of Lebanon, “caused a great deal of damage.” The statement added that it was a “desperate attempt to raise the morale of the ISIS terror group, which is collapsing” in the wake of the “great victories of the Syrian army” against it.

On Saturday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, said that “Israel is providing assistance to terrorist groups in Syria and it does this by attacking Syrian army positions. This assistance knows no limits, and it comes as no surprise, given the mutual interests of the terrorists and Israel.”

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