Syria accuses Israel of air strikes near Damascus

Published December 7th, 2014 - 04:37 GMT

Syria on Sunday accused Israel of carrying out air strikes against two government-held areas in Damascus province, one of them near the capital's international airport, state television said.

"The Israeli enemy attacked Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, namely the Dimas area and the area of Damascus International Airport," said the channel, adding that no casualties were reported.

One of the sites targeted appears to have been the Dimas airbase - which was the target of another airstrike just over a year ago. According to Maariv, Syrian state TV claimed the site was storing Russian-made S300 surface-to-air missiles.

That previous strike was said to have been conducted by Israel in an attempt to stop "game-changing" weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, from being transferred to Hezbollah.

It was one of several airstrikes believed to have been carried out by the Israeli Air Force as part of efforts to stem the flow of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah as a "reward" for its staunch support of the embattled Assad regime. However, the Israeli government and military have refused to confirm or deny any such strikes, and the IDF has not released any statement on this evening's reported strikes either.

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