The military side of the Damascus airport was hit in what is purported to be an Israeli airstrike according to Syrian opposition forces. Flames are were filmed shooting high in the skies and spread on social media.
Casualties have not yet been reported and no comment has been made from either the Syrian or Israeli governments regarding the incident.
Israeli forces have been targeting Syrian military installations as they are deeply concerned about Hizbollah fighters being supplied with more advanced weaponry from the Iranian government. Hizbollah is deeply entrenched in the Syrian civil conflict and has been supporting Syrian president Bashar Assad’s fight against rebel forces and numerous massacres of civilians.
If the allegations that this is indeed an Israeli attack, it would be the second this year. The first taking place on January 13th on the Mezze airbase. In the aftermath of that attack, Syrian Army Command
released the following statement, “Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators”.
There is now pressure on the Syrian government to do something to deter the Israelis from these sorts of attacks while not provoking them to the extent that they are engaged in a direct physical confrontation with their militarily superior neighbor. Thus far Assad’s government has been able to only threaten the Israelis in the media and by filing complaint forms with the United Nations.