Israeli Jets Bomb Damascus Military Airport; Syria Vows It Will Respond To "Flagrant Attack"
Video shows large flames after military airport near Damascus bombed at least 8 times by suspected Israeli jets tonight. pic.twitter.com/pGwBvtmD2j— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) January 13, 2017
Footage from the scene with heavy fire and the sounds of explosions has surfaced on social media. Multiple reports from journalists and activists on the ground described the bombing, with the opposition also reporting there were rockets fired.
“Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport in Damascus minutes ago,” tweeted Hadi al-Bahra, former president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.
In the past, Israel has targeted positions of Lebanon's Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranian-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army. According to Israeli breaking, the airport was bombed because it was a "suspected holding ammunition depots for Hezbollah. "
Israel and the terrorists are attacking Damascus tonight mezzeh airport. pic.twitter.com/pOyE47KmzT— ayham alassad (@Ayham22mmAl) January 13, 2017
This is the second time in two months the Israeli Defense Forces have being accused by Syria of targeting Syrian positions from Israeli territory. On December 7, SANA reported that “several surface-to-surface missiles” were launched by the IDF from the Golan Heights. At the time, the source in the Syrian armed forces slammed the attack as a “desperate attempt” by Israel to endorse terrorists. Rebels operating in the area have said Hezbollah's major arms supply route into Damascus from the Lebanese border has been targeted on several occasions in recent years by air strikes. This has included strikes on convoys of weapons and warehouses. Damascus airport was also hit by air strikes in 2013. Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies involvement in striking targets inside Syria. Damascus has also been tightlipped about previous strikes.
Israel to Construct Settlement on Palestinian Trucker’s House Site
Reports said Israel is planning to build a new illegal settlement in the occupied East al-Quds and on the site of the home of the Palestinian man involved in a deadly truck attack against Israeli troops. Tel Aviv has already ordered the demolition of Fadi al-Qanbar’s home in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of southern East Jerusalem, presstv reported. The municipality of Jerusalem now aims to build 2,500 settler units on the remains of the soon-to-be-destroyed house and a large surrounding area. The plan, according to local media, will leave the family of the slain 28-year-old Palestinian man homeless under Israel’s policy of home demolitions, which has been widely denounced as an act of collective punishment and illegal under international law.
Israeli authorities have called for extremely tough measures against the family of Qanbar, who drove a truck into a group of Israeli troops and killed four of them on January 8. The Palestinian trucker was shot dead. His mother and 12 other relatives are to have their Jerusalem residency permits revoked, and they run the risk of being forcibly uprooted and exiled to the blockaded Gaza Strip or even Syria.
The truck-ramming attack came amid ongoing tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters, in what is regarded as the third Palestinian Intifada against the regime’s occupation.
Gaza-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements have termed the incident as a natural response from Palestinians to the ongoing Israeli aggression and its violent treatment towards Palestinian people. The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed tensions ever since Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem in August 2015. More than 270 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the tensions since the beginning of October that year.US lawmakers push to move embassy in Israel
Your Morning News From Israel - January 12, 2017