The IDF is refusing to comment on reports that Israel attacked the Al-Miza military airbase near Damascus last night, which if true could lead to a Syrian response and a massive escalation of the 27 month conflict.
A Syrian television station sympathetic to anti-Assad rebels reported that Israel was responsible for the strike on a facility west of Damascus, which targeted advanced weapons and radar systems.
“Eyewitnesses said that the explosions were large and that neither the Assad regime nor the rebels had the capability to create explosions of such a magnitude,” reports the Jerusalem Post.
“My house overlooks the airport. At a certain point we saw armored vehicles enter the airport,” an opposition source told YNet News. “They were probably equipped with mobile radar systems. Then we heard the sound of a missile striking the vehicles. It was the same sound we heard in Mount Qasioun (site of the alleged airstrike in May).”
“The explosion was like a volcano. The flames reached the sky. The sound was the same one that was heard in Qasioun,” added another eyewitness.
Other reports claimed that the attack was a result of a car bomb carried out by rebels, an explanation embraced by the Assad government.
Israel’s policy after it carried out previous attacks on Syria is to neither confirm or deny involvement.
If Israel’s complicity in the attack is confirmed, it could prompt a Syrian response that would serve to pour fuel on the fire of a conflict already rocked by news last week that the United States will formally seek to arm opposition rebels despite their close ties with Al-Qaeda.
Following attacks on several facilities in Syria last month, President Bashar Al-Assad vowed to “respond in kind” to any future acts of Israeli aggression, after criticism that his reaction had been muted.
Days prior to this threat, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that the Israeli military was prepared to strike shipments of advanced Russian weapons sent to Damascus, commenting, “If God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do.”
Analysts have warned that an escalation of the conflict could ignite World War 3.
Israel has offered tacit support to opposition militants despite their jihadist creed, setting up field hospitals to aid injured rebels while also sending military vehicles into Syria to pick up wounded fighters before patching them up and sending them back into battle.
A huge Israeli air strike on the Jamraya military facility on May 5 was coordinated with opposition rebels, according to Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence sources.
With the Syrian Army scoring key battlefield victories in recent weeks, Israel and the United States’ efforts to destabilize the Assad regime are expected to accelerate.
Last week, the Obama administration announced that it would seek to arm the Syrian rebels after claiming President Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons, crossing a so-called “red line”.
In pledging to increase military support for Syrian rebels while also preparing a no fly zone, the Obama administration is openly aiding terrorists who have sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
By launching attacks that weaken and distract Damascus from its focus on defeating western-backed insurgents, Israel is aiding the very same rebels who have burned Israeli flags in public and vowed to crush the Zionist regime once they are finished toppling Assad.