December 2014 Rif Dimashq airstrikes

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December 2014 Rif Dimashq airstrikes
Part of Hezbollah involvement in the Syrian Civil War and allegedly Iran–Israel proxy conflict
Rif Dimashq in Syria (+Golan hatched).svg
Rif Dimashq Governorate in Syria (red)
Operational scope Strategic
Planned by Allegedly Israel[1]
Objective The destruction of specific weapon depots around Damascus[2]
Date 7 December 2014[1]
Executed by Alleged Israeli Air Force involvement
Outcome Unknown
Casualties Three Hezbollah members killed (Syrian rebel's claim)[3]

The December 2014 Rif Dimashq airstrikes were a series of aerial attacks made on targets in Syria on 7 December 2014. The targets were a military area of Al-Dimas and the Damascus International Airport area.[1] According to the SOHR, the attack near the Damascus International Airport targeted a depot for newly arrived weapons at a military facility that is part of the airport. The attack at Al-Dimas targeted weapons depots in hangars around a small air base.[2] Ten explosions were heard at Al-Dimas and the Syrian Army stated that some installations were damaged.[4] According to the Syrian Opposition, three Hezbollah members were killed by the strikes in Al-Dimas.[3] Syria claimed that an UAV was shot down.[5]

During the attack, the Syrian Air Defense fired four surface-to-air missiles, hitting at least one of the Israeli Popeye missiles, the remnants of which fell into rebel-held territory in Al-Harra.[6][7] Syria claimed that an UAV was shot down.[8]

Reactions

Domestic reaction

  •  Syria - On 7 December, the Syrian Army condemned the attack and accused Israel of supporting "terrorists" in Syria.[1]

Foreign reactions

  •  Israel - In a response to the accusations, the Israeli military said it does not comment on "foreign reports."[2]
  •  Russia - Russia demanded explanation from Israel about the airstrikes. Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich also said that "Moscow is deeply worried by this dangerous development, the circumstances of which demand an explanation".[9]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Syria Reports New Strikes From Israel Near Capital". New York Times. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Syria Reports New Strikes From Israel Near Capital". Yahoo news. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "SOHR was informed that." 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Syria Reports New Strikes From Israel Near Capital". BBC. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. [1]
  6. Four Israeli F-15s Dodged Syrian Missile Fire to Attack Urgent Targets
  7. "Elijah J. Magnier". 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. http://www.anna-news.info/node/26597
  9. "Syria Reports New Strikes From Israel Near Capital". Haaretz. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>