Israeli airstrike targeted Hezbollah near Damascus

Israeli airstrike targeted Hezbollah near Damascus
An Israel Air Force F-16 (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

An Israeli strike reportedly targeted arms supplied belonging to Lebanese Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday.

Regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are usually sent by commercial and military cargo planes to the airport in the Syrian capital according to intelligence sources.

The depot handles a significant amount of weapons that Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends regularly by air, a source told Reuters, without giving further details.

The source added that the arms depot gets a major part of the weapons supplied to an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels.

The Israeli intelligence minister stated that the strike near Damascus is compatible w our declared policy of preventing transfer of arms to Hezbollah.

On the other hand, Hezbollah said that the explosion was at a fuel tank and warehouse at Damascus airport, and only material damages were caused, no casualties.