Air Strike Hits Hizbullah Supply Depots at Damascus Airport
Explosions that rocked the Damascus Airport in the early hours of Thursday are believed to have been an Israeli mission to destroy Hizbullah munitions. The Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based terrorist group regularly receives missiles and sophisticated weapons from Tehran via Damascus and transfers them to Lebanon by truck. Israeli policy is to destroy all arms shipments and stockpiles of weapons. In addition to Hizbullah, Iran supplies funding and weapons to a number of armed groups throughout the Middle East including the Houthis in Yemen and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hizbullah has been fighting alongside Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad’s forces against the rebels in a conflict that has raged on for six years at a cost of more than 400,000 lives and millions of Syrians displaced from their homes. Although Israeli policy is not to comment on reports of such attacks, Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told army radio that the incident is consistent with Israeli policy of preventing the transfer of weapons to Hizbullah but would not provide any further verification.