Syria says Israel attacked Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport

Israel would not officially comment on whether it had carried out the strike.

Hezbollah fighters have openly fought in Syria on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad since 2013. It also said that Israeli jets stayed away from the Syrian airspace.

The strike came just days after Al Jazeera reported that the IDF struck a base belonging to a pro-Syrian militia near Quneitra.

The state's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, confirmed that such a raid would comply with government policy. "Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this".

It's unknown what they were carrying.

30 November 2016: Israeli aircraft fire missiles on the Syrian town of Saboura, west of Damascus, according to Syrian military sources. There were several strikes near the same base a year ago. It also has accused Pouya Air of funneling arms from Iran into Yemen's capital of Sanaa to supply Shiite rebels there.

She said "Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria", and calls on everyone to "act within the framework of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria".

Israel is believed to have hit Damascus in December 2014, and Palmyra last month.

"Around 4:00 am (0100 GMT), I heard an enormous explosion", Maytham, 47, told AFP.

The regime's news agency SANA said earlier that several Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport at dawn.

Al-Manar said preliminary reports suggested the blast caused only material damage and no casualties.

An large overnight explosion on Thursday rocked Syria's capital, the country's state media and opposition activists said.

Explosions were silhouetted against the night sky in a video published by the center. It made no mention of whether it would respond.

Syrian officials immediately blamed Israel for the strikes that targeted weapon warehouses operated by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Tensions between them along the Lebanon-Israel border have risen in recent weeks, with each side warning of a much more serious confrontation.

Hezbollah, considered by Israel a terrorist organization, was established in the 1980s in Lebanon.

Israel and Syria are technically at war, though the armistice line had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.

The military said it would continue its "war on terror" - government parlance for the battle against all groups trying to oust Mr Assad.

The Syrian source further claimed that the early morning strike near Damascus had been launched from Israel's Golan Heights.

The activists believe Russian Federation or the Syrian government launched the raids.

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