Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Syria: Did the IDF strike a Syrian/Hezbollah weapons site?

(Syria) Last Wednesday morning, Syrian authorities reported on a series of bombings at the military base of Syrian Air Force in Mezzeh in the western part of Damascus, Interfax reports, referencing the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The newspaper noted conflicting information regarding the reason behind the bombings.

The Arabic news source Al-Masdar, having ties with Syrian authorities, states that the bombings were preceded by a fire that broke out in the munitions depot. However, some Arabic media, including Channel Al Mayadeen, report that the airbase was attacked by the Israeli Air Force. According to Al Mayadeen, Israeli aircraft launched rockets into targets at the airbase while remaining in Lebanese airspace.

Nadav Pollak
Last Sunday, Fahed al-Masri of the National Salvation Front told Israel’s Army Radio that planes had struck a chemical weapons convoy intended for Hezbollah. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman obliquely suggested last week that Israel was responsible for the strike and that the target had been Hezbollah-bound chemical weapons.

Tonight, Israel's channel 10 showed satellite images of the al-Mezzeh military airport in Damascus after the alleged Israeli strike.