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Israel Reportedly Strikes Weapons Depots Near Damascus Airport

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Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria, May 10, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Omar Sanadiki.

Syrian state news agency SANA said two Israeli missiles hit in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport in the early hours of Tuesday morning, without giving further details.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian air defense systems failed to intercept the missiles.

The Britain-based war monitor said an explosion heard at 1 a.m. near the airport was caused by missiles fired by Israeli planes from the direction of the Golan Heights.

“It targeted weapons depots and warehouses belonging to non-Syrian militias loyal to the (Syrian) regime,” the Observatory said, adding it had no information about casualties or damage.

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Asked about the report, an Israeli military spokesman said: “We do not comment on foreign reports.”

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