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Israeli rockets strike Damascus military site - reports (Videos)
RT News ^ | Published time: May 05, 2013 00:02 | Staff

Posted on 05/04/2013 8:37:07 PM PDT by silentknight

Edited on 05/04/2013 9:50:12 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Israeli rockets strike Damascus military site - reports

Strong blasts hit the outskirts of the Syrian capital early on Sunday, state TV reports, saying that Israeli rockets have targeted a military research center.

Massive explosions have been heard near Mount Qasioun in Damascus. The area hosts the Jamraya military research center, which came under Israeli attack earlier in January and marked the first incursion by Israel into Syrian airspace in six years.

A senior US official confirmed to NBC News that Israeli Air Force bombed the military research center.

RT has managed to speak to local journalist Abdallah Mawazini, for a report on the latest developments. Apart from the 300 soldiers who are said to have died and hundreds wounded, he reported the following:

When the explosion happened in Damascus, all the houses were shaken. There was dust everywhere. Right now we’re receiving more information about the attack, which targeted the Jamraya military research center. Everyone woke up, most of the people ran downstairs – to make sure they are safe. Now we are getting more information. The sound of the explosion was heard everywhere in Damascus. People are scared.”

During the attack, one Israeli jet was reportedly shot down by Syria's Air Force, according to Hezbollah's Manar TV channel, citing security sources in Damascus.

"The new Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups which have been reeling from strikes by our noble army," Syrian television said.

There has been no immediate comment from Israel. "We don't respond to this kind of report," an Israeli military spokeswoman told Reuters.

US President Barack Obama said that he will let the “Israeli government confirm or deny whatever strikes they have taken,” RT’s Paula Slier quotes him.

Video footage uploaded onto the Internet showed a massive ball of fire rising into the sky. RT could not immediately verify the authenticity of the videos.

The Israeli Air Force conducted an airstrike on Syrian territory on Friday, reportedly targeting a shipment of advanced missiles. Unnamed US officials claimed that the missiles had been en-route from Iran to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Among the varying descriptions of the actual rockets, Fateh 110s have come up, which are advanced enough to strike Tel Aviv from southern Lebanon and, therefore perceived as a threat by Israel.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon earlier told journalists that any alleged delivery of Syrian weapons to Hezbollah would be considered a "red line." Ya'alon then said Israel would not permit "sophisticated weapons" to fall into the hands of "Hezbollah or other rogue elements."

US President Barack Obama has also said in the past that the crossing of a ‘red line’ would warrant further action from outside. This was in relation to the possibility that Assad forces may have used chemical weapons against Syrians – a claim that is still being investigated, with no evidence so far.

Nonetheless, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Thursday that the US may now consider arming the Syrian opposition – something the US has shied away from openly doing in the two years since the start of the Syrian uprising.

Asked directly if the administration was reconsidering its position on that option, Hagel said "yes". "Arming the rebels — that's an option," he said. "We must continue to look at options."

The conflict in Syria has entered its third year. According to UN estimates, at least 70,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boom; israel; israelsyria; russia; syria; syriaisrael; war; waronterror
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1 posted on 05/04/2013 8:37:07 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

by Israel


2 posted on 05/04/2013 8:37:58 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: silentknight

Syrian TV says that Syria will respond at the time and place of their choosing


3 posted on 05/04/2013 8:38:23 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

Strong blasts hit the outskirts of the Syrian capital early on Sunday, state TV reports, saying that Israeli rockets have targeted a military research center.Massive explosions have been heard near Mount Qasioun in Damascus. The area hosts the Jamraya military research center, which came under Israeli attack earlier in January and marked the first incursion by Israel into Syrian airspace in six years. RT news


4 posted on 05/04/2013 8:39:31 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

More http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/04/world/meast/syria-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


5 posted on 05/04/2013 8:41:12 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Pride in the USA

ping!


6 posted on 05/04/2013 8:44:15 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: silentknight

BTTT


7 posted on 05/04/2013 8:47:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: silentknight
Syria strikes back with Rocket Car!


8 posted on 05/04/2013 8:49:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What is that, and what was the end result?


9 posted on 05/04/2013 8:51:04 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: silentknight
This bears watching because the Bible says Damascus will be completely destroyed.

Isaiah 17: "Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city; And it will be a ruinous heap. NKJV

10 posted on 05/04/2013 8:56:44 PM PDT by Newfy
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To: silentknight

This is really a major story. i strongly urge every reader to go to the original and look at the video. Good factual coverage which puts to shame the crap US network news pukes produce. The IAF has conducted a really big airstrike against the major Syrian ‘research’ and ‘special weapons’ facility in Damascus. Just in general terms this is a delight to read about as the IAF does the voodoo they do so well. Reports of several thousand Syrian casualties including hundreds of Syrian military killed. Truly satisfying news just on general principles. The Assad regime seems to be nearing collapse and there are strong indications that Bashir will try to stave this off by ‘declaring war on Israel’ as a last ditch gambit to rally the populace. Looking at this video it would seem the Israelis can mete out enough destruction to finish bashir Baby and his cohorts in a couple of weeks. Then the real dog fight starts in Syria. There are also indications that after Syria Israel has Hezbollah on its hit list with another crushing display of air power as the chosen instrument. Well, Strike Zion, and strike hard and often until the Syrians and Hezbollards are squealing in terror on their faces. Back in Saudi Arabia the Saudi royals will be enormously amused at the Israelis bumping off lots of the hated Shia and Alawite schismatics and proxies of Shia Iran.


11 posted on 05/04/2013 9:03:15 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: silentknight

You should have this link up from the other thread.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3015861/posts

Lots of previous and good info on the original thread.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 9:03:38 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: robowombat

MSM hours behind on this story. Does Wolf Blitzer not work on weekends?


13 posted on 05/04/2013 9:11:10 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight
Yes, at this rate the Israelis will be loading up for the next phase of this operation and launching a SAR op for the one or two aircrew lost in the raid before the bozos here even wake up. I will watch cBS news tomorrow to enjoy the disarray.
14 posted on 05/04/2013 9:13:34 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Newfy

Notice what Isaiah says about Egypt.


15 posted on 05/04/2013 9:16:23 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

It’s another attempt of the rocket car by Mythbusters.

http://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/2013/05/jato-rocket-car-mission-accomplished-is.html

http://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-mythbusters-are-rocketing-again.html


16 posted on 05/04/2013 9:37:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: yldstrk

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Explosions-shake-Damascus-Syria-blames-Israel-312070

Jerusalem Post has some impressive footage of the air strikes.


17 posted on 05/04/2013 10:26:45 PM PDT by eak3
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To: eak3

bttt


18 posted on 05/04/2013 10:33:42 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Newfy

....they’re going to have to do a whole lot more before it can be considered a “ruinous heap”....it remains a city and livable...the damage thus far can be rebuilt.


19 posted on 05/04/2013 10:56:35 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

And it can easily escalate.


20 posted on 05/04/2013 11:23:53 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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