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June 17, 2013 9:24 am

Syrian Rebels: Israel Responsible for Huge Explosion at Damascus Airport

avatar by Zach Pontz

YouTube screenshot of a strike in Syria earlier in 2013.

Rebel fighters in Syria have told Arabic-language media that Israel is responsible for explosions that rocked an airport outside Damascus, Israel’s Walla news reported Monday.

A huge explosion shook the Mezze military airport on the western edge of Damascus on Sunday night. Official Syrian State TV said that two car bombs were responsible for the explosions.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in Britain with a network of observers in Syria, also said that a car bomb was responsible for the explosion. Rebel fighters argued, however, that they wouldn’t have been capable of causing the tremendous damage witnessed at the site.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the compound is manned by Republican Guards, Special Forces and Airforce Intelligence,  and serves as a private airport for the Assad family.

Since the uprising, it has been used as an artillery and rocket base to target Sunni Muslim neighborhoods on the edge of the capital.

The IDF offered no comment on the reports that it was responsible for the strikes.

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