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Damascus airport strike

Sputnik reports that an Iranian cargo plane was targeted in an alleged air strike while unloading at Damascus International Airport in Syria late Monday night. Foreign media reported the missile attack was targeting a shipment of weapons intended for Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrilla fighters.

According to a separate report by Intelli Times, however, the attack took place shortly after an Ilyushin 76T Syrian cargo plane unloaded cargo that was loaded in Tehran.

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Syria state television reported, “Two Israeli missiles landed in Damascus International Airport.” Arabic-language Sky News Arabia also broadcast a similar report. A separate media report said the site was allegedly a military base belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah guerrilla organization.

Other media reported that Syrian air defenses were activated over southern Damascus, with “targets currently being engaged.”

A security source suggested that decoy missiles were used in the attack on the Damascus International Airport in order to expose the Syrian Air Defense locations in preparation for future strikes.

The Israel Defense Force and Israel’s government has made no comment, in accordance with standard government policy.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.