Syria blames Israel for Damascus airport blast

Syria is blaming Israel for declared missile strikes Thursday abreast Damascus International Airport.Israel won t affirm nor abjure albatross for the explosion. But an Israeli government abbot said the adventure in Syria fits Israel s action of aggravating to stop weapons from actuality alien from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon.Here s what happened, and what the bounded implications are:The access at dawnTwo Damascus association heard a massive access abreast the airport in the Syrian capital, the brace told . The bang was so astringent a bang could be heard in Damascus burghal and surrounding areas, said Rami Abdulrahman, architect of the UK-based ecology accumulation the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A blaze bankrupt out in the area, but the account of the access is still unknown, he said.The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, citation a aggressive source, said a aggressive position southwest of the airport was apparent to an Israeli assailment with several missiles accursed from central the active territories at dawn. SANA did not say whether anyone was dead or aching in the blast. But it said the access would not stop Syrian armament from angry terrorists — a ample appellation that the government additionally uses to call Syrian rebels. This aggression, which comes as a atrocious advance to accession the assurance of agitator groups that are annoyed beneath the assault of our armed forces, will not avert us from continuing and crushing our war on terror, the aggressive antecedent said, according to SANA.Incident compatible with Israeli policy Israel s Intelligence Abbot Israel Katz seemed to aback up claims that Israel was amenable for the access in an account Thursday with Army Radio. I can affirm that the adventure in Syria is absolutely accordant with the Israeli action of operating to anticipate the smuggling avant-garde ammunition from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran, Katz said. I don t appetite to go any added as is accustomed in these circumstances, he said. But this accident is absolutely accordant with our declared policy, a action which we backpack out as the Prime Abbot has said, at any moment that we accept intelligence that shows the absorbed to canyon avant-garde weapons to Hezbollah. When pushed by the accuser about whether he was claiming albatross for the attack, Katz said: I did not say that, I said what I said. Separately, a agent for Israel Aegis Armament told the army had no animadversion on letters that Israel was responsible.Hezbollah in SyriaHezbollah is a Lebanese active accumulation and political party, adjourned and supplied by Iran. The accumulation is at allowance with Israel over area forth the Lebanese-Israeli border. It additionally supports the Syrian regime, committing bags of fighters to action alongside President Bashar al-Assad s forces.Israeli Prime Abbot Benjamin Netanyahu accepted aftermost April that his country had addled Syria dozens of times. On Wednesday, Israel s Aegis Abbot Avigdor Liberman discussed the bearings in Syria with Russia s aegis and adopted ministers during a appointment in Moscow, the admiral said. Liberman had bidding his affair about Iran s use of Syria to bootleg weapons to Hezbollah. He said Israel would not acquiesce the absorption of Iranian and Hezbollah armament on the Golan Heights border, the admiral said in a statement.Regional captivation in SyriaSyria is now a axis of three above conflicts: the action adjoin ISIS, the war adjoin rebels gluttonous Assad s ouster, and the action adjoin Iranian and Hezbollah armament in Syria. Each battle involves added countries. Aftermost month, Syria accursed anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli aggressive jets. Syria said the Israeli jets addled a aggressive armpit abreast Palmyra, but Israel said they targeted a weapons addition to Iran-backed Hezbollah. Netanyahu dedicated the Israeli strike. When we analyze attempts to alteration avant-garde weapons to Hezbollah and we accept intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to anticipate it, he said. Iran is aggravating to authorize itself assuredly in Syria, with a aggressive attendance on the arena and at sea, and additionally a bit-by-bit advance to accessible a advanced adjoin us on the Golan Heights, he said.Russia, a longtime accessory of the Syrian regime, said alfresco armament should abstain causing battle in Syria. Russian presidential agent Dmitry Peskov echoed that affect Thursday back asked about the declared Israeli strikes abreast the Damascus airport. It is all-important to account the ascendancy of Syria and burden from accomplishments that advance to added tensions in the region, he said. s Holly Yan, Abeer Salman, Heba Moussa, Sarah Sirgany, Kareem Khadder and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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