Multiple Explosions Rock Syrian Capital, Military Airbase Targeted

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Damascus: At least 10 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Thursday by a suicide bombing in the Kafarsuseh neighbourhood in the capital Damascus.

Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts near the Muhafaza sport club in Kafarsuseh west of Damascus, Xinhua reported. Meanwhile, the state TV aired footage of the blast site, showing bloodstained walls and charred car cases as a number of policemen holding their rifles roaming the area.

Also, explosions rocked a key military airbase west of the capital Damascus after midnight on Friday, in what believed to be Israeli rocket fire targeting the facility, local media reported.

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The state TV said several explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Mazzeh airbase in the Mazzeh neighborhood west of Damascus, Xinhua reported. Pro-government Sama TV said the explosions are believed to be Israeli rocket fire targeting the airbase, the main military airfield in Damascus.

The vicinity of the airbase was heavily hit and the Syrian army then said that Israeli rockets landed near a base. Rockets were fired on Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, the capital of Syria, by Israel reportedly damaged a compound of the military facility. The airport is only five kilometres from the Presidential Palace, residence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Army was quoted as saying by local media that several rockets were fired from near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel after midnight which landed inside the airport compound. The airport is a major facility for elite Republican Guards and Special Forces and the army warned it would take revenge for the attack.

This is not the first time Syria has accused Israel of attacking the country. In December 2016, “several surface to surface missiles” were reportedly launched by the IDF from Golan Heights in Syria. The attack had been condemned as a “desperate attempt” to endorse terrorists.

The explosion comes as the Syrian army and allied Shiite fighters are so close to capture the Barada Valley region northwest of Damascus, in a bid to secure the Ain Fijeh springs, the main water source feeding the capital.