Damascus Airport rocked by series of blasts – reports
27 April, 2017
Several large explosions have reportedly occurred in the vicinity of Damascus airport, triggering a large fire, according to Syrian media.
The incident was reported by Al-Mayadeen TV, as well as Reuters and AFP citing Syrian monitoring groups.
#BREAKING 'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor
Witnesses shared photos and videos showing the blasts and burning fuel or gas, claiming that the incident took place near Damascus International Airport.
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. Meanwhile, conflicting unconfirmed reports have emerged, suggesting either an airstrike or the bombing of a gas pipeline.
According to “senior” Syrian rebel sources who spoke to Reuters, the blasts allegedly struck an ammunition warehouse “used by Iranian-backed forces.” At least five explosions were reported, although it was not clear if they were caused by a missile or an airstrike.
Syrian authorities are yet to comment on the incident.
Damascus International Airport was the country's busiest air hub before hostilities erupted in 2011. Since the onset of the Syrian war, most international airlines have ceased flights to Damascus.
BREAKING: Reports that Israel air raid strikes Damascus International Airport
27 April, 2017
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 A.M.) – Preliminary reports have emerged that an Israeli air raid has targeted Damascus International Airport or its perimeters.
This cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News at this moment however.
Photos have emerged of burning fuel or gas at the international airport.
The reports say that there were five airstrikes against the airport or its vicinity.
It has not been revealed yet the nature of the damage to the airport, but the strikes occurred at around 03:25 A.M. local time.
The Damascus International Airport is still used for civilian flights, including routes to Qamishli in Syria’s northeast, Tehran in Iran and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates