Israel carried out weekend’s airstrike in Syria, says Netanyahu

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (local time) boldly admitted that the country’s air force carried out an airstrike at the Damascus International Airport in war-ravaged Syria.

He said that Israel attacked Iranian warehouses containing weapons at the airport in the Syrian capital.

“In the last 36 hours, the air force has attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport. The total sum of the last attacks proves that we are more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria exactly as we promised,” Netanyahu was quoted by CNN as saying while making the comments at a Cabinet meeting.

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On Friday, SANA, Syria’s state-run news agency reported that Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at the airport, most of which were intercepted by Syrian air defences. The ensuing airstrike had damaged a warehouse but did not hamper flight operations.

The Israeli government, for the most part, has chosen not to admit its cross-border operations, despite being well-known that its air force regularly conducts airstrikes in the war-torn country.

The conflict in Syria is ongoing since 2011 and Israel’s stance over the same has remained neutral.

However, it has pledged to prevent Iran from establishing itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.


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