Syria blames Israel, threatens ‘repercussions’ over airbase strike
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Syria blames Israel, threatens ‘repercussions’ over airbase strike

Missiles reportedly hit weapons depot at Mazzeh airbase, considered a major strategic asset for Assad; report claims high-ranking officials killed

A general view shows flames and smoke at the Mezzeh military airport on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus following an explosion early on January 13, 2017. (AFP)
A general view shows flames and smoke at the Mezzeh military airport on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus following an explosion early on January 13, 2017. (AFP)

A strike on an airbase near Damascus blamed on Israel killed high-ranking Syrian officials, activists there said Friday, according to a Saudi report.

Activists quoted by the al-Arabiya news outlet said several high-ranking officials in the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad were killed in the bombing on the military airport to the southwest of Damascus.

There was no confirmation of the reports.

The Syrian state-run Sana news agency blamed the explosions that rocked the airport early Friday morning on Israeli missiles, and reported a fire, but no injuries.

“At 3:00 a.m., the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from inside occupied territory,” the state news agency SANA said, citing a military source. It claimed the missiles had been fired from near the Sea of Galilee

The regime source also threatened “repercussions” against Israel over the “flagrant” strikes.

Several local media outlets reported ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

The Lebanese al-Meyadeen news outlet reported that the strike targeted a weapons depot at the strategic base, wounding four soldiers.

Mazzeh is located near Assad’s presidential palace and has been used by troops and elite forces to shell rebel-held areas during the country’s civil war.

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