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Damascus airport rocked by 'huge explosion' as Syria conflict continues

A HUGE explosion has rocked Damascus airport in Syria, as the country remains embroiled in a raging civil war.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said: “The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus.”


The explosion was reportedly followed by a large fire and the cause remains unknown.

The airport is around 15 mile south-east of Syria’s capital. 

The blast was reportedly caused by an Israeli air strike, according to Lebanon's al-Manar, a television channel affiliated with the Syrian government ally Hezbollah.

An Israeli military spokesman said "We can't comment on such reports" when quizzed over Israel's inolvement. 

However Israeli intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said the strike was "compatible with Israel's policy" to prevent the transfer of arms.

But the minister refused to directly confirm Israel was responsible for the attack but said that Israel reserves the right to operate when required.

Sources say the explosion hit an arms supply of the Lebanese Hezbollah group near where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes. 

Casualties have not yet been confirmed. 

Syrian government forces have reported been bombarding eastern areas of Damascus following a sudden offensive launched by rebel fighters. 

Source: express

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