Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian militants and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.
Syria’s state news, SANA, confirmed that the airstrikes originated from within Israeli-controlled territory and that Israeli warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace.
It said Israeli aggression had caused explosions and some material losses, but did not expand on the damage.
Israeli Intelligence Minister, Israel Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, appeared to confirm his country’s involvement.
“The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah,” he said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicates an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act”, he added.
Lebanon’s Al Manar television meanwhile said there no casualties in the strikes.