Putin In Syria: Reports of Israeli Strike In Damascus

November 11, 2015
The result of a previous Israeli airstrike in Damascus on May 5, 2013

There are reports that Israel has conducted an airstrike at the Damascus airport.

The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Reports of an Israeli Airstrike in Damascus

Israel has reportedly conducted an airstrike on an unknown target at the Damascus airport.

The Jerusalem Post has the following details, citing Syrian media reports:

According to the reports, Israeli aircraft carried out the strike adjacent to the Damascus airport at around 6:00 p.m. Yet it was not clear whether the target of the attack was a weapons shipment, or an alternate target, such as an Iran-backed terror cell operating against Israel.

Defense officials declined to comment on the foreign media reports.

In the October alleged attack, Syrian media reported that up to a dozen Israeli war planes conducted the mission close to the Lebanon-Syria border in the Qalamoun Mountains region. Estimated targets included a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah fighters traveling through Syria.

The alleged attack on Wednesday night would be the second attributed to Israel since Russia began operating in the area.

Israel has reportedly struck Hezbollah in Syria several times over the past year.

That report matches reports on social media:

Times of Israel adds details about the reports from various Israeli and Syrian news sources:

Israel has reportedly carried out an airstrike near the airport in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to Israel’s Channel 2 TV, which cited Syrian media reports.

The reports are unconfirmed at this time but according to Syrian opposition groups, the target was a weapons shipments likely intended for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, Israeli Channel 10 said.

It’s worth remembering that not only has Israel bombed targets inside Syria not-infrequently over the last several years, Israel has also bombed both targets in Damascus and the Damascus airport itself in the past:

Israel has not been afraid to hit very large targets in Damascus in the past in order to both destroy weapons caches it says were due to be used by Hezbollah against Israel and to send a message to the Assad regime that such activity would not be tolerated.
James Miller