Israeli planes strike Syrian airport manned by Hezbollah, militia says


(JTA) — Hezbollah said that Israeli warplanes struck a militarily airport in Syria manned by its fighters.

Al-Akhbar, the official newspaper of the Shi’ite Islamist group, on Friday reported that the attack Thursday night on a military airport near Homs occurred as Syrian anti-aircraft missiles engaged the planes launching missiles at the airport. Israeli aircraft returned fire, according to the report.

Earlier this month, Israel said it struck Iranian rocket launchers in Syria after more than 20 of them were fired at Israel’s direction.

The Al-Akhbar report did not say whether anyone was killed in the strike. It said some missiles exploded at the airport but did not specify as to the facilities or areas hit. The base is under the control of forces loyal to Bashar Assad, the president of Syria, whose army has been fighting Sunni rebels since the outbreak in 2011 of a civil war that has claimed 500,000 lives.

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Russia in recent years joined the fight on Assad’s side. Iran also supports his regime and providing logistical assistance in the war on the rebels.

According to the Syrian Center on Human Rights, six missiles were fired at the Edbah airport. Destroying Hezbollah weapons caches. Israel has declined to comment on the strike Thursday.

Hezbollah overtook the area from Sunni rebels in 2013.