Explosions at Damascus Airbase Not Caused by Israeli Strike: Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Blasts heard at the Mezzeh airbase near Damascus were caused by missile strikes targeting the base and by Syrian air defense systems responding, an official in the regional alliance supporting Damascus said on Sunday.
A war monitor, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, had said the explosions resulted from Israeli air strikes, and that they caused deaths and injuries, Reuters reported on Sunday.
However, a military source, speaking to SANA on condition of anonymity, said, “Mezzeh air base has not been exposed to any Israeli aggression”.
He added, “Explosions heard in Damascus were explosions of ammunitions warehouses near the airport caused by a short circuit”.
There has been a hike in Israeli airstrikes against Syria since the collapse of the Daesh terror group last year, an event that significantly demoralized other Takfiri militant groups operating against Damascus.
Tel Aviv has also beefed up its military presence on the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Heights, deploying more military equipment and forces to the region.
Anti-government sources claimed that Israel had launched missile attacks from the Golan Heights on Mezzeh. However, Syrian sources would not comment on reports of casualties as a result of the explosions.