Israeli airstrike on Damascus airport kills five Syrian soldiers

Israeli kids play next to an Israeli flag next to the Israeli Syrian border at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least five Syrian soldiers were killed on Saturday as the result of an airstrike carried out by Israel on Syria’s Damascus International airport, state media reported.

An Israel airstrike at midnight targeted military posts in the south of Damascus, killing five soldiers and causing material damage, the Syrian state media quoted a ministry as saying.

A Syrian military official who asked not to be named told the Syrian state media SANA that the air defense systems intercepted most of the missiles before reaching their targets.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based opposition war monitor has added that two members of Iran-back groups were killed as well due to the airstrike.

No confirmations have been made whether the attack had affected airport operations or not.

Israel’s military declined to comment, saying it does not react to “foreign reports.”

The government-held positions in Syria have repeatedly come under Israel’s strike, and it intensified the attacks this year.

The strikes often hit sites that allegedly convoy or store weapons belonging to allied fighters from Iran, and aim to disrupt Tehran’s increasing use of aerial supply lines to deliver arms to allies.

Israel has officially declared that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant groups, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces since the civil war in 2011.


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