"Our air defense units responded to an Israeli missile attack against the Damascus International Airport", the agency quoted a Syrian military source as saying.
According to a Hadashot TV news report Sunday morning, the Iranian Boeing-made cargo plane was loaded with weapons, and had recently landed at the Damascus International Airport from Tehran.More news: Rugby Championship: South Africa stun New Zealand in Wellington
The Israeli military has declined to comment on the report but has in the past acknowledged carrying out scores of air strikes in the past, mainly against Iranian and Hezbollah targets.. A SANA reporter meanwhile reported sounds of explosions in the vicinity of the airport. Efforts were made to disguise the true objective of the buildings, the report said, with some of the warehouses labeled "United Nations" or "DHL", the worldwide mail company, in an apparent effort to evade Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts.
Syrian military air defenses downed several missiles fired by Israel near Damascus airport on Saturday night, Syrian state media said. The agency gave no immediate report of casualties or damage.More news: Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News
Earlier this month, a senior Israeli military official said the army had struck more than 200 targets in Syria, focussing on Iranian weapons and other targets.
Syria often attributes airstrikes on military bases to Israel, but the Jewish state only rarely confirms such strikes. Israel says it is alarmed by the expansion of operations by Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.More news: Oil prices rise on declining USA crude stockpiles, looming Iran sanctions
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