September 1, 2018 / 11:06 PM / 3 months ago

Syrian state media denies blasts caused by Israeli strikes

(Reuters) - Syrian state media said blasts heard from the direction of a military air base near Damascus early on Sunday were caused by an explosion at a munitions dump due to an electrical problem, not by Israeli strikes.

The state media quoted a Syrian military source as saying, “Mezzeh air base has not been exposed to any Israeli aggression.”

Earlier an official in the regional alliance supporting Damascus said blasts were caused by missile strikes targeting the base and by Syrian air defence systems responding. A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the explosions resulted from Israeli air strikes, and that they caused deaths and injuries.

Editing By Cynthia Osterman

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