Syria Blames Israel for Attack on Damascus Airport

Strikes target airplane, several storage rooms

On Saturday night, a flurry of missiles were fired at the Damascus airport, doing “substantial damage.” The Syrian government has attributed the attacks to Israel, and says air defense systems shot down several missiles.

Israel has refused to confirm or deny the attack, which is in keeping with Israel’s typical response to its many, many attacks on Syria. The missiles targeted a cargo plane and several storage rooms at the site of the airport.

The Syrian Observatory was quick to label all of these Iranian weapons, claiming the cargo plane was Iranian in origin and “full” of weapons, while the rooms, which were labeled as belonging to the DHL shipping company, were claimed to belong to either Iran or Hezbollah.

This is in keeping with the common Israeli talking points about why they attack Syria, but there is as yet no conclusive proof on what was actually present at the site of the strike, beyond it being an airport and a plane.

Author: Jason Ditz

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