The Israel Air Force reportedly attacked an Iranian arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television station.
According to the report, a series of explosions at fuel tanks and warehouses near the airport storing weapons meant for pro-Iranian militias, and mostly Hezbollah.
According to al-Manar, the initial indications were that the blast had caused only material damage and not deaths.
Russian news site Sputnik, meanwhile, reported that Israel attacked five targets at about 3:20am.
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Thursday that the reports of an airstrike targeting Hezbollah-bound weapons in a warehouse in the Damascus airport, matches Israel’s policy of preventing advanced weapons from reaching the terrorist group.
As is the practice, the minister refused to officially confirm or deny the reports that Israel was behind the attack.
Speaking from the United States, where he has been meeting US officials, Katz told the radio station: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this.”
“The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act.”