Israel strikes site near Damascus airport: Syria regime

"Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also declared in late March, "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it".

"A thud could be heard in Damascus city and surrounding areas", said a statement from Rami Abdulrahman, the founder of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Lebanese militant group's Al-Manar television said the raid hit a warehouse and fuel tanks, without specifying whether they were its own or belonged to the Syrian army or another of its allies.

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Israeli media said residents in the northern Israeli town of Safed reported seeing two missiles being launched and of explosions occurring afterwards.

A Syrian official said Syria would "continue to destroy the enemy's collaborators." .

Separately, a spokesperson for the IDF told CNN the army had no comment on reports that Israel was responsible.

Russia, which has deployed its forces to back up the Syrian regime, has a hotline set up to avoid clashes with Israeli jets in the skies over the war-torn country.

Later Thursday, Israel's military said its missile defense system hit something flying from Syria over Israel's northeastern Golan Heights.

In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Jewish state would not allow "concentration of Iranian or Hezbollah forces on the Golan border", Lieberman's office said.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese terrorist organization that fought a war against Israel in 2006, and is sponsored by Iran.

In a rare step last month, the Israeli military confirmed that its jets had struck several targets inside Syria in a raid that prompted the Syrian military to fire a number of ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory.

  • Joey Payne