An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport in Syria. The Sana news agency said, a fuel tank and warehouses were damaged.
But Syrian rebel sources said an arms depot run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, which is fighting in Syria as an ally of the government, was hit.
Israel said the explosion was consistent with its policy to prevent Iran smuggling weapons to Hezbollah. Israel regards Hezbollah, and its key backer Iran, as its biggest threat.
It went to war with Hezbollah in 2006 and the group has grown considerably more powerful since then.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said the powerful blast was heard across the capital at dawn today and that it happened near the main road that leads to the airport.