DAMASCUS – Israel has conducted an airstrike near Damascus airport in the Syrian capital, state agency SANA reported on Wednesday.
However, opposition activists said the Israeli strike on Damascus has targeted a weapons shipment believed to be intended for Lebanese Hezbollah militia –which supports pro-Assad forces in the battles against rebel factions in Syria.
The Israeli army has conducted dozens of airstrikes on Syria since the outbreak of the civil war there, in a bid to prevent Syrian regime and allied Hezbollah militia from obtaining advanced Iranian weapons.
In April, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned that his country would not allow Iran to equip Hezbollah with advanced weapons, as the Lebanese militia constitutes a threat to the Israeli national security.
Ya’alon’s statement came a day after an Israeli airstrike hit weapons depots in Syria.
In September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a main ally of Syria’s Assad, “in an effort to avoid military confrontations in the country”, The Times of Israel reported.
“Israel will not tolerate Tehran’s efforts to arm Israel’s enemies in the region. Jerusalem has taken and will continue to take action against any such attempts,” Netanyahu said during his meeting with Russia’s Putin.
“This is our right and also our duty,” Israeli PM said. “There were no objections to our rights and to what I said. On the contrary: there was readiness to make sure that whatever Russia’s intentions for Syria, Russia will not be a partner in extreme actions by Iran against us.”
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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