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article imageSyrian opposition claim Israel bombed Damascus military airport

By Paul Iddon     Jun 17, 2013 in World
Opposition sources in Syria claim that the blasts that struck a military airport in Damascus was a result of an Israeli air strike as opposed to what was initially thought to be a rebel attack.
According to Ynet News Syrian opposition sources are claiming that the strike on Al-Maza military airport in the west of the city of Damascus was an Israeli air strike.
Initial reports, see this one from Israel National News for example, pertaining to the explosion there pointed a finger at the rebels stating they had detonated two car bombs. The Syrian state television insisted that it was the work of the opposition who they call "terrorists".
Israel is thought to have launched surgical air strikes into Syria twice in the last year. Syria has said it will retaliate if struck again.
One eyewitness of the attack, an affiliate of the opposition, who claimed it was Israeli jets stated that, "My house overlooks the airport. At a certain point we saw armored vehicles enter the airport. They were probably equipped with mobile radar systems. Then we heard the sound of a missile striking the vehicles. It was the same sound we heard in Mount Qasioun [the site of the strike Israel was alleged to have carried out in May]."
The May attacks appeared to have been targeting Iranian made missile batteries that were to be sent to the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. Israel had bluntly warned Assad against transferring such weapons to Hezbollah in the past and appears resolute when it comes to stopping him from undertaking such transfers by force.
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