Israeli missiles hit area near Damascus airport, regime media says

Marsha Scott
June 29, 2018

Air strikes also hit the rebel-held town of Nawa for the first time in almost a year, the Observatory said.

Almost 50,000 people have been displaced since the Syrian government and its Russian allies escalated an offensive in the southern province of Deraa last week, prompting concerns at the United Nations over where these displaced civilians have to run.

The Israeli and United States moves came amidst continuing successful fight against Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups by Syrian forces, supported by Russian Air Force and Iranian military advisors.

The Tel Aviv regime has recently increased its airstrikes in Syria.

There was no comment from the Israeli army about the report. Besides pinning the blame on Israel, Syrian state TV provided no further details on the alleged strike that took place on Monday night.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is anxious that those fleeing the assault and moving closer to the border with Jordan will have nowhere to go.

The area has come under repeated attacks, mostly believed to be by Israel.

Iran is a leading ally of Assad and backs several militias, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, fighting in support of him.

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Damascus has repeatedly accused Israel of de-facto helping the terrorists and boosting their morale every time they lose ground to the Syrian government forces.

A man carries a child rescued from rubble after Syrian regime and Russian air strikes in the rebel-held town of Nawa, about 30 kilometres north of Daraa in southern Syria on June 26, 2018. This is the first apparently confirmed Israeli strike on Syria since they made a deal with Russian Federation on not attacking military targets during an offensive in the southwest.

The NRC also said the global community must "offer substantial support" and added that aid groups are ready to help potential new arrivals settle in Jordan's Azraq camp, which it estimates can house 80,000 more people. The UK-based war monitor said air strikes killed six people in Deraa province.

"We expect the number of displaced people could more than double as violence escalates", Bettina Luescher, spokeswoman for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), said, quoted by Reuters.

Kiwan, the Tafas resident, said maybe the United Nations can help the displaced in southern Syria after Jordan said its border would remain closed.

"We help brothers as much as we can and protect our interests and security", the minister said.

United Nations officials said numerous displaced are heading toward the border with Jordan, without an apparent escape route.

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