Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Syria Says Israel Hit Airport Warehouse Near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Hit Airport Warehouse Near Damascus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel had carried out an air strike on allegedly Iranian weapons in Syria at the weekend, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

Confirming a Friday night sortie in Syria, Netanyahu said Israel's air force had "struck Iran's warehouses, containing Iranian arms, in Damascus worldwide airport".

"The backlog of recent attack proves that we are more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria", he added.

Conricus said there were no more tunnels reaching Israel from Lebanon but the army was still monitoring "facilities" being dug by Hezbollah within Lebanese territory.

Netanyahu also cited the Israeli military's assessment that it has completed its search-and-destroy mission against Hezbollah attack tunnels.

"We'll continue our engineering actions along the border and tracking Hezbollah's underground activities".

Conricus said the latest tunnel originated from the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh, was 55 meters deep and ran 800 meters inside Lebanese territory and also "dozens" of meters into Israel. "We are thus approaching the completion of the goal we set at the outset of Operation Northern Shield - the eradication of Hezbollah's tunnels weapon", he said.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to say how many tunnels had been discovered in total, but the army has announced six since the operation was launched.

Israel and Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006.

UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, was informed of the latest tunnel, Conricus said.

Israel has long called for a crackdown on the Iran-backed Hezbollah, a heavily armed mini-army that is believed to possess an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach almost all of Israel.

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government during the war.

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