Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Missile Strike Targets Iranian Cargo Plane at Syria's Damascus Airport

Syria says Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport Israel hits Hezbollah arms depots in Syria, war monitor says
Deanna Wagner | 28 June, 2018, 02:53

The Britain-based war monitor said an explosion heard at 1 a.m. near the airport was caused by missiles fired by Israeli planes from the direction of Golan Heights.

The United States has repeatedly warned Assad against violating the de-escalation zone, saying it would have serious repercussions and pledging "firm and appropriate measures".

A USA official said it was Israeli forces that carried out a deadly strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria on June 17.

Syrian state media said early Tuesday that two Israeli missiles struck near Damascus International Airport, without adding any details.

Syrian and Iranian military facilities in the war-torn country have been hit several times since April.

Such strikes have increased in frequency amid soaring tension between Israel and Iran, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Jens Laerke said at the same briefing that civilians including children have lost their lives and been injured during the conflicts and a hospital has been put out of operation.

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Smoke rises above buildings during an airstrike by Syrian regime forces on the town of Busra al-Harir, east of the southern Syrian province of Daraa on June 24, 2018.

The attack has fuelled concern of a new wave of displacement in a conflict that has already uprooted 11 million people, forcing millions overseas as refugees.

State news agency SANA says the strike Tuesday happened shortly after midnight.

"People don't know where to go", said Ahmad al-Dbis, safety and security manager at UOSSM, a medical charity that works in opposition parts of Syria.

"We expect the number of displaced people could more than double as violence escalates", Bettina Luescher, spokeswoman for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), said.

"The Jordanian contacts over southern Syria aim to stem bloodshed. and help the displaced inside Syria", Ayman Safadi said on Twitter.

More than 17,000 civilians have also been displaced from their homes in Daraa›s eastern countryside, the Observatory said.