Israeli Patriot missiles down target over Golan Heights: army

The Syrian army confirmed that Israel missile fire targeted a Syrian military position near the global airport of the capital Damascus.

Syria says Israel hit a military facility near the Damascus airport, targeting a weapons supply that Israel says was headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel's intelligence minister hinted that Israeli warplanes struck a suspected Hizbullah weapons depot near Damascus International Airport on April 27.

A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria Thursday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Israeli military said it deployed its Patriot missile defence system to tackle the projectile incoming from Syria above the Golan Heights. Iranian cargo planes had reportedly arrived at the airport shortly before the attack.

"We consider that all countries should avoid any actions that lead to higher tensions in such a troubled region and call for Syrian sovereignty to be respected", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked about the attack.




That depot, they said, was used by Hezbollah - jihadis backed by the Syrian regime. The report blamed Israel for the missile strike.

Al-Manar is affiliated with Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian government.

The strikes prompted the regime to launch ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory in the most serious flare-up between the two neighbours since the civil war began six years ago.

But Israel's transport and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Israel's Army Radio that the incident in Damascus was "entirely consistent with our policy of preventing smuggling of weapons to Hezbollah".

An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus worldwide airport, Syrian state media report, according to BBC News.

It comes after an incident last month, when the Syrian regime accused Israel of striking a regime military site.

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