Introduction — April 27, 2017
The Western media won’t spell it out explicitly but Israel is lending support to militants in Syria. These militants include supposedly moderate Western aligned “Syrian opposition” groups and more militant groups like the al Qaeda linked al Nusra Front.
In both cases the principle is the same: by aiding anti-Assad groups Israel hopes to weaken a long-time foe in President Assad and shore up its position.
The Israeli support takes the form of medical aid to militants wounded fighting Syrian government forces, treating them in hospitals in the occupied Golan Heights, supplying arms and ammunition and strategic air strikes against Iranian/Syrian/Hezbollah targets fighting against the militants/rebels/terrorists.
These latest Israeli air strikes seem aimed at an Iranian arms supply and distribution point for Hezbollah in the struggle against what Reuters coyly refers to “Syrian rebels”.
Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source
Reuters — April 27, 2017
An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source said.
The depot handles a significant amount of weapons that Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends regularly by air, the source who requested anonymity said, without giving further details.
The source said the arms depot gets a major part of the weapons supplied to an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels.
(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Nick Macfie)