Syrian air defense was said to be activated against airstrikes that targeted the base
The cratered runway will slow Iran’s ability to move weapons to Syria and Hezbollah.
The oil and gas markets have been suffering significant losses, estimated to be as high as 74 billion dollars due to the civil war which began in 2011.
Explosions were heard in Damascus on Sunday night. According to local reports, the target is the al-Mezzeh airbase, which has been hit by several alleged Israeli airstrikes in the past.
Airstrikes and active air defense across Damascus into the mountains near Lebanon and near Homs 160 km to the north awoke Syrians after midnight in the first hours of Monday.
This is a developing story.
According to the Syrian Al-Marsad organization for human rights, Thursday's attack on the Dabaa military airport in central Syria was aimed at Hezbollah members and militias.
The Syrian army and its allies have for years employed siege and bombardment tactics to force rebels to surrender their enclaves and agree to be transferred to opposition territory in northern Syria.
Syria, Iran and Russia all said Israel was responsible for carrying out the attack at the T-4 air base near Homs.
Israel has not confirmed or denied mounting the raid, but has repeatedly refused to accept Iranian military presence in Syria.