It is being reported by the Syrian news agency SANA that Israeli military aircraft bombed the Mezzeh military airport in Damascus Thursday evening, which is where Syria’s elite Republican Guards and Special Forces are based.
While no injuries have been reported yet, the explosions caused a large fire at Mezzeh airport and ambulances were seen rushing to the scene.
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/kTuobQ4nQT
— Hadi Albahra (@hadialbahra) January 12, 2017
This is the second time since early December that Israel has been accused by Syria of using military action to target the Mezzeh airbase.
— محمد ياسين (@MHDYASEEN4) January 12, 2017
— Ali Alimadadi (@alialimadadi110) January 13, 2017
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, January 12, 2017
A series of major explosions were reported around a military airbase near the Syrian capital of Damascus just after midnight on Thursday. Local media outlets attributed the airstrikes on the al-Mazzeh airport to Israeli military aircraft.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage inflicted by the strikes, but ambulances were said to be en route to the scene.
An AFP correspondent heard several explosions and saw a large fire inside the Mazzeh military airport, with smoke visible across the capital.
Videos posted online purporting to show Friday’s attack showed several massive fires, with sirens wailing in the background.
State news agency SANA also reported the blasts and said ambulances were rushing to the scene.
The IDF doesn’t comment on foreign reports of military operations.
The report of Israeli military action was the first in over a month. The last incident also involved an attack on the Mazzeh airbase. In early December Syrian state media reported that the IDF fired missiles from within “occupied” territory at an important Syrian regime airbase outside Damascus.