Israeli strikes killed Hizbullah troops at airport arms depot near Damascus
NICOSIA — Hizbullah lost an unspecified number of troops in a series of Israeli air strikes in Syria.
The Syrian opposition said Israel Air Force strikes around Damascus killed several Hizbullah soldiers on Dec. 7. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the Hizbullah casualties at the movement’s arms depot near Damascus International Airport.
In a statement on Dec. 8, Syrian Observatory, based in Britain, said the Israel Air Force also targeted warehouses of the military base in Damascus International Airport. The facilities were said to be operated by the Syrian military.“Israeli fighter-jets bombed depots run by Hizbullah in the area of Dimas, at least one of which stored rockets,” Syrian Observatory said.
“They contain rations and equipment for troops as well as a small amount of weapons,” Syrian Observatory said.
The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya satellite channel quoted opposition sources as saying that two Hizbullah fighters were killed in the Israeli attacks. One of the casualties was identified as a senior Hizbullah commander.
The Syrian military confirmed Israeli air strikes on at least two airports around Damascus. The military did not say that Hizbullah, with an estimated 5,000 troops in Syria, was targeted.
Israel has not acknowledged the air strikes. But officials said the Jewish state would prevent the flow of advanced weapons to Hizbullah.
“We have a firm policy of preventing all possible transfers of sophisticated weapons to terrorist organizations,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said.