A broad-based Israeli missile strike alleged by Syria to have targeted Damascus international airport on Friday, May 21, is said to have killed three soldiers. The attack is claimed to have been launched from the Golan.
Shortly before the strike, the IDF military disclosed that Iran had begun using a new route – civilian flights – to smuggle components through Damascus airport for upgrading the precision of Hizballah’s missiles. This operation is overseen by Sayyed Reza Hashim Safi a-Din, who is married to the daughter of the Al Qods leader Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a US drone strike in January 2020. Reza Hashim is the son of Hashim Safi a-Din, head of Hizballah’s executive council.
Syria claimed to have countered a previous Israel attack a week ago with advanced S-300 air defense weapons, provided by Russia but kept idle hitherto.