In details, powerful explosions struck the outskirts of Damascus early on Sunday, sending columns of fire into the night sky, and Syrian state television said “Israeli” rockets had struck a military facility just north of the capital.
A senior “Israeli” official told NBC News “Israeli” jets bombed a military research facility north of Damascus early Sunday.
The blasts occurred a day after an “Israeli” official said his country had carried out an airstrike targeting a consignment of missiles in Syria.
One of the sites hit on Sunday, the Jamraya military research center, was also targeted by Tel Aviv in January.
“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, referring to recent offensives by the army’s forces against the armed groups.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted eyewitnesses in the area as saying they saw jets in the sky at the time of the explosions.
It said the blasts hit Jamraya as well as a nearby ammunition depot.
Video footage uploaded onto the Internet by activists showed a series of explosions. One lit up the skyline over the city, while another sent up a tower of flames and secondary blasts.
There was no immediate comment from “Israeli” officials on Sunday’s explosions. “We don’t respond to this kind of report,” an “Israeli” military spokeswoman told Reuters.
The US State Department and Pentagon had no immediate comment and the “Israeli” Embassy in Washington declined comment.