Israel on Thursday reportedly struck an arms depot near Damascus airport over its policy to “act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran.”

Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported that five strikes hit an ammunition depot that was known to be used by Iranian-backed militias.

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria, though it has carried out a number of airstrikes on suspected Iranian weapons shipments it believed were bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Iran and Hezbollah, both bitter enemies of Israel, along with Russia have sent forces to support President Assad.

Israel’s intelligence minister said a large explosion near the Damascus airport is in line with Israeli policy but stopped short of taking responsibility for it.

Yisrael Katz wouldn’t comment directly on the strike Thursday morning but said “it absolutely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also implement.”

Israel has repeatedly warned against “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah from Syria, which along with Iran supports the militant group. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel in the 2006 war.

The explosion was heard across the Syrian capital, jolting residents awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman said.

Israel has been largely unaffected by the Syrian civil war. It has also carried out a number of airstrikes on suspected weapon convoys it believed were destined for Hezbollah.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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