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Syria: Blasts in Damascus Intl' Airport early on Friday

(Dp-news)

DAMASCUS- Two explosions have rocked Damascus Airport early on Friday, according to eyewitnesses and media reports in Syria. The video of the blasts has been uploaded to YouTube by witnesses.



Firefighting crews have succeeded in controlling the fire broke out in a warehouse for Kerosene at Damascus International Airport, Syria`s official news agency (SANA) said.

The Airport administration said that it opened an investigation to uncover the cause of the fire, SANA added.



Quoting airport officials, SANA said aviation movement is "totally normal" now, and an investigation is underway.



Press reports suggest the blasts rocked buildings around the airport. It is unknown if there are any casualties.

Another report from the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said an airplane also caught fire at one of the airports' runways early Friday. One rebel group claimed an ammunition depot at the airport had exploded.


However, pro-opposition activists said the fire broke out after the rebels Free Syrian Army fired mortar shells at the airport from the nearby sprawling suburb of Ghouta, east of Damascus.

According to these reports, the attack came to ease the pressure the rebels is feeling in the Ghouta suburb after the Syrian army beefed up its presence there, the activists said, adding that Syria's air force have carried out several airstrikes in nearby areas to secure the road for ambulances and fire engines.

Reports also added that some Western-backed rebels have been waging attacks against several airports and airbases across the country, in what observers said is an attempt to weaken the ability of the Syrian air force so as to set the stage for possible foreign military intervention.

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