Syria: Hezbollah sends reinforcements after alleged Israeli strikes


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A Syrian boy rides a bicycle through a devastated part of the old city of Homs, Syria, on February 26, 2016.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, FileA Syrian boy rides a bicycle through a devastated part of the old city of Homs, Syria, on February 26, 2016.

Aleppo airport, military base near Damascus airport reportedly hit

Airstrikes attributed to Israel targeted the airport and areas around it in the city of Aleppo of northern Syria on Wednesday night, according to Syrian media.

A military base near Damascus airport was also hit, killing two Syrian soldiers and wounding two others, Syrian sources said.

Some sources indicated that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ammunition warehouses were targeted.

In response, the pro-Iranian Lebanese terrorist movement Hezbollah sent military reinforcements to Homs in western Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), these included a number of fighters who arrived on Wednesday after the alleged Israeli strikes on Aleppo and Damascus.

The SOHR noted that one "fighter" was killed and 3 others were wounded in the strikes on Hezbollah outposts in Damascus.

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State news agency SANA said the cause of the blasts was being investigated.

An hour later, Syrian reports surfaced that the country's air defense "repelled an Israeli attack" on the capital city of Damascus and its surrounding areas.

Syrian sources affiliated with the Assad regime reported that the western runway at Aleppo airport was damaged in the attack and was unusable. Syrian authorities reportedly shut down the airport.

The Syrian opposition channel reported that the second attack targeted the al-Hijana military base near the Damascus airport, killing two Syrian soldiers and wounding two others.

Last week, a series of strikes also attributed to Israel targeted depots of weapons and ammunition of Iran-affiliated militias in the vicinity of the cities of Hama and Tartous in western Syria.

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In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, targeting regime positions as well as Iranian-backed allied forces and fighters from Hezbollah.

Israel, a neighbor of Syria, rarely comments on the strikes on a case-by-case basis, but admitted to carrying out hundreds since 2011. For the Jewish state, these strikes are necessary to prevent Iran from establishing itself on its doorstep.

Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, pro-Iran factions have been sent to fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Iran claims to have no troops in Syria but says that military "advisors" from the IRGC, its ideological armed wing, operate alongside the regime.

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