Monday, May 6, 2013

Astonishing video from the Israeli airstrikes on Syria

Israeli planes bombed Syria on Friday and Sunday. The first attack, according to  U.S., Israeli and Lebanese intelligence sources, targeted some missiles bound for Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group. (A similar Israeli strike, in January, was also thought to have targeted Hezbollah-bound arms.) The target of the Sunday attack on Damascus was less clear.

A video, posted above, shows flames at the target location, followed by an enormous explosion 20 seconds in. The Washington Post’s Liz Sly reports that the video was taken from “Mount Qassioun, a landmark hill overlooking the capital on which the Syrian government has deployed much of the firepower it is using against rebel-controlled areas surrounding the city.”

The BBC reports that the blast, according to a local journalist, felt like a mild earthquake and was the largest explosion Damascus has seen since fighting began in 2011. Here’s the BBC’s report:

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