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‘Maybe it was the Belgians’: Netanyahu claims ignorance after reports of missiles fired over Damascus

14 Feb, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed reports that his military launched a missile attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, saying that perhaps the “Belgian Air Force” was responsible.

In an interview with Radio Haifa on Friday, Netanyahu said he didn’t know “what happened last night” and that “maybe it was the Belgian Air Force” that launched missiles over Syria.

“I don’t comment on one operation or another,” he added.

Syrian state media reported Thursday night that its air defenses had thwarted a missile attack and intercepted several “hostile targets” launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights region. Israel regularly strikes targets within Syria claiming that it is hitting “Iranian positions.”

Videos posted on social media in the aftermath of the attack appear to show Syria’s air defenses activating to repel the missiles.

Israel’s military did not confirm or deny the attack, but Israeli media reported that the strikes hit weapons depots near Damascus, allegedly containing munitions from Iran.

The Israeli military launched a similar attack on Damascus last week, prompting Syria to activate its air defenses. In that instance, the Russian military reported that Tel Aviv had endangered a Damascus-bound passenger jet carrying 172 people and was forced to conduct an emergency landing.

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