Following what Syria claims was an "Israeli aerial attack" on a military airbase Friday, Damascus reportedly sent two letters of complaint to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) which is linked to the Assad regime's Ministry of Information.
According to SANA, the letters were issued by Syria's Foreign and Expatriates Ministry which stated that, "The new Israeli missile attack on Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus comes within a long series of Israeli attacks since the beginning of the terrorist war on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria which has been planned in the Israeli, French and British intelligence agencies and their agents in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries that wanted to impose control and hegemony on Syria and the region.”
SANA quoted a Syrian military source as stating that the purpose of the attack was to "raise morale" of the terrorist organizations who are attempting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria's bloody civil war which began in 2011 and has claimed the lives of almost half a million people, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.
Syrian army command said on Friday that Israel fired rockets at a major military airbase outside Damascus, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a "flagrant" attack.
The explosions were heard in the capital, and residents in the southwest suburbs saw a large plume of smoke rising from the area, while video footage downloaded on social media showed flames leaping from parts of Mezzah military airport's compound.
Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias (Lake Kinneret) in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airbase, used by President Bashar Assad's elite Republican Guards.
"Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack and stresses its continued fight against (this) terrorism and amputate the arms of the perpetrators," the army command said in a statement.
The statement did not disclose if there were any casualties, but said the rockets caused a fire. Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzah military airport's compound and ambulances were rushed to the area.
Government forces had in the past used the base to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the capital's suburbs.
The airport, located just a few kilometers from Assad's presidential palace, had been a base used to fire rockets at former rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus.Reuters contributed to this report.