Suspected Israeli Missiles Target Position near Damascus Airport

29 June, 2018, 15:32 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Syria says Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport

"This is once again an example of Russian Federation flouting arrangements it has entered into with no regard for civilian lives", the statement said.

State TV says the offensive aims to cut supply lines between eastern Daraa and rebel-held parts of the provincial capital, which carries the same name.

Syrian air defense systems failed to intercept the missiles, it added. Deraa, the southwest's largest city, was an early center of the uprising against Assad in 2011 and has been split into rebel and government sectors for years.

Zulfiqar militias said in another news outlet on Tuesday that their secretary general had been subjected to an assassination attempt by Syrian opposition factions and published photos for him and his auto, which seemed to have several hits due to heavy gunfire, as per what appears in the photos. The government's violent response to the protests, and the rise of an armed insurgency, tipped the country into a civil war that has killed 400,000 people and displaced half the population.

A view shows a damaged house in the Laja area in northeastern Deraa province, Syria in this handout released on June 25, 2018.

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Tuesday, clashes broke out between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel fighters.

Two Israeli militias targeted on early Tuesday a position near Damascus worldwide airport, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The recent Israeli strikes come as the Syrian army is on the first stage of a wide-scale offensive on several rebel-held areas in southern Syria, including in the Quneitra province near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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.

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Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is anxious that those fleeing the assault and moving closer to the border with Jordan will have nowhere to go.

Another activist-operated media group, Step News, said some of the displaced set up tents near the Golan Heights.

"People don't know where to go", Ahmad al-Dbis, a manager at a medical charity in southern Syria, said.

In talks with concerned parties, Safadi Tweeted, Amman focuses on the need to halt bloodshed, support a political solution and help displaced people inside Syria.

"We help brothers as much as we can and protect our interests and security", the minister said.

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Jordan has said it could not absorb a new wave of refugees and its border with Syria would remain closed.



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