UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Syrian news agency SANA heard the sound of a new blast at Hama airport, shortly after a series of other explosions rocked the site today.
The number of explosions in and around the airport today rose to five, according to activists, and posted on social networking sites pictures and videos showing columns of smoke rising over the sites of explosions.
عاجل | انفجار ضخم يهز مطار حماة العسكري دون معرفة الأسباب حتى الآن . pic.twitter.com/6ixqBy23eM
— هادي العبدالله Hadi (@HadiAlabdallah) May 18, 2018
The explosions were caused by a fire inside an ammunition depot, the Russian news agency RIA quoted a Syrian security source as saying, adding that the fire had not yet subsided and firefighters were taking all necessary measures to control the situation.
It was not immediately known what caused the explosions and whether they led to casualties. Some activists spoke of new Israeli raids targeting an Iranian Revolutionary Guard weapons depot, while others insisted that the explosions occurred in the explosive device factory inside the airport without causing casualties.
Opposition activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, reported the deaths of 11 members of the Syrian army and fighters loyal to him in the incident, with no official comments in this regard.
The Israeli Air Force has launched a series of raids on sites in Syria that were said to belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, during the past months.