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07 May 2017, 12:31 | Clarence Schmidt
Explosion hits near Damascus International Airport
According to Syria's state-run news agency Sana, the strikes caused only material damage and resulted in no human casualties.
The same source went on to describe the bombing as "a desperate attempt to lift the morale of [anti-Assad] terrorist groups", which, he asserted, "are now in a state of disarray after sustaining repeated blows by Syrian forces".
Earlier in the day, a large explosion was reported near the global airport in Damascus.
"I can confirm that the incident in Syria is completely compatible with the Israeli policy of operating to prevent the smuggling advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran", Katz said in response to a question on the incident.
Israel's army said Thursday that its Patriot missile defense system intercepted an incoming object from Syria, reportedly a drone, while it was above the Israeli-held Golan Heights.
Hezbollah militants have been fighting alongside Syrian regime forces since 2012.
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"The Syrian army and its allies will work to thwart the new Israeli plot on the occupied Golan border and will continue to destroy the enemy's collaborators", a Syrian military source said to Lebanese news site el-Nashra, claiming the missiles had destroyed fuel tanks.
"The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hizbullah, we will act", he added.
The strikes prompted the regime to launch ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory in the most serious flare-up between the two neighbours since the civil war began six years ago.
Israel does not usually confirm or deny each individual raid it carries out.
The Kremlin strongly criticised Israeli air strikes on targets inside Syria on Thursday, saying Israel and other countries should avoid any action that heightened tension in the region.
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