Syria (Sputnik) – A Mezzah military air facility was struck by several explosions near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Israeli missiles directed fire at an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion, according to Syrian state TV.
“Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport in Damascus minutes ago,” Hadi al-Bahra, former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said on Twitter in the early hours of Friday, posting pictures of the explosions. The blasts were reportedly caused by heavy bombing conducted by Israel, local activists and journalists reported on Twitter.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) January 12, 2017
The airport is a major strategic asset used by Syrian elites, military officials and troops as a transit complex.
اندلاع ألسنة اللهب من محيط مطار المزة بعد عدة انفجارات متتالية في المنطقة
Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport in Damascus minutes ago pic.twitter.com/7gb6FNBab5
— Hadi Albahra (@hadialbahra) January 12, 2017
The Syrian government also used the airport as a military outpost to launch artillery shells at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.
— Ibrahim Joudeh (@Ibra_Joudeh) January 12, 2017
The death toll from the attacks has yet to be determined, according to a journalist on the ground. The airstrikes “may have taken out Syrian commanders,” according to Georgetown Center for Security Studies’ John Arterbury.
Syrian state TV says that the Israeli military conducted the airstrike. The Israeli military declined comment.
Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber killed seven people and left many more wounded.
BREAKING: Explosions hit Damascus military airport by Israeli military, according to Syrian media. pic.twitter.com/PAXj8zzprC
— Jewish Feed (@JewishFeed) January 12, 2017
Following the attacks, a Syrian Army spokesman warned that Israel would face “repercussions of the flagrant attack” on the Mezzah military airport.
This report prepared by Sputnik.