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Albin Szakola

Israel hits targets outside Damascus: pro-Assad media

A pro-Hezbollah outlet claimed Israel conducted two raids near the Syrian capital, one hitting an arms depot while the other targeted vehicles on the Beirut-Damascus highway.

A picture of Damascus in the early hours of November 30. (image via https://yomyat-sy.com)

BEIRUT - Israel has reportedly conducted airstrikes outside Damascus, according to pro-regime media outlets, with initial reports indicating the jets hit targets along the highway leading from Syrian capital to Beirut.

 

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. Wednesday massive blasts were heard echoing throughout Damascus, which has been a regular target in the past of rebel mortar shelling.

 

However, reports quickly emerged that the explosions were the result of Israeli bombardment outside the city, with one highly popular pro-Assad media outlet saying that “the powerful blasts… originated near the Beirut-Damascus highway.”

 

“At approximately 1:20 a.m. four explosions were heard in the vicinity of Damascus, which sources said were the result of an [Israeli airstrike] against a Syrian army position near the Beirut highway,” the Damascus Now Facebook page claimed in a follow-up report, adding that the strike caused only material damage.

 

It further claimed that the Israeli jet conducting the raid was flying over the Lebanese-Syrian border, approximately 30 kilometers from Damascus.

 

Residents in Beirut reported hearing Israeli jets flying overhead around the same time that the loud blasts were heard in Damascus.

 

Another popular Facebook page based in the Syrian capital, for its part, specified that the Israeli airstrikes occurred in the vicinity of the Saboura suburb along the Damascus-Beirut highway.

 

Meanwhile, a pro-Hezbollah online news published a more detailed account of the mysterious incident, which has yet to be denied or confirmed by Syrian state media.

 

Mulhak news claimed that Israel conducted two separate raids, one on a weapons depot belonging to the crack 4th Armored Division while the other hit a “number of cars near the Damascus-Beirut highway.

 

The outlet cited a source as saying that “no security or political figures” were targeted in the second strike, which appeared to hit an arms convoy.

 

Although Tel Aviv does not publicly acknowledge its strikes in Syria, top Israeli leaders have repeatedly warned that they will not cross-border shipments of advanced weapons, including missiles, to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 

NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. 

A picture of Damascus in the early hours of November 30. (image via https://yomyat-sy.com)

At approximately 1:20 a.m. four explosions were heard in the vicinity of Damascus.