A series of major explosions were reported around a military airbase near the Syrian capital of Damascus just after midnight on Thursday. Local media outlets attributed the airstrikes on the al-Mazzeh airport to Israeli military aircraft. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage inflicted by the strikes, but ambulances were said to be en route to the scene.

An AFP correspondent heard several explosions and saw a large fire inside the Mazzeh military airport, with smoke ​visible across the capital. Videos posted online purporting to show Friday’s attack showed several massive fires, with sirens wailing in the background. READ MORE