Explosions on Syrian army air base overnight Wednesday; Reports of surface-to-surface strike; Hezbollah media denies IDF responsible for explosions
The IDF reportedly carried out an attack on the Almaza Air Base near Damascus overnight Wednesday.
According to reports from Hezbollah and Syrian military sources, Israel launched strikes around 3:00 am on the Almaza Air Base west of Damascus. Explosions on the military airport were reported by numerous sources in the early hours of the morning Wednesday.
As with all covert Israeli operations, the IDF refused to confirm or comment on the reports. Mixed reports from Arab media claimed the strike was a surface-to-surface missile strike, other reports claiming the Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes from Lebanese air space.
Syria’s SANA news agency reported that “At 3:00 a.m. the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from inside occupied territory [Golan Heights] … as a desperate attempt to support the terrorist groups,” referring to Syrian rebel forces against Assad’s regime.
Videos and photos of the explosions surfaced through out the media on Wednesday, the Hezbollah supported news agency Al Mayadeen denying Israel was responsible, claiming the explosions were a result of a fire and not strikes.
Last week, the IDF carried out strikes in Syria on Monday a day after ISIS-affiliated terrorists opened fire on IDF soldiers on the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights. The IDF returned fire, killing four ISIS terrorists. That evening the IDF carried out airstrikes on an ISIS terror cell to prevent “the terrorists from returning to the facility and becoming a substantial threat in the area”.
One day following, the Israel Air Force carried out airstrikes near Damascus targeting a Hezbollah arms convoy as well as a Syrian army arsenal.
Prime Minister Netanyahu made clear that Israel will not allow any threat on its borders stating following the operations “We are well prepared on our northern border and will not allow Islamic State elements or any other hostile elements to use the war in Syria to establish themselves close to our borders. We will not let Islamic State operatives, or other operatives under the auspices of the Syrian war, establish themselves along our borders.”