Following the US-led cruise missile strike on Syria, Israel has carried out own strikes on Syria, according to rumors spreaded by some media outlets and anti-Assad media activists.
According to these reports, explosions heard in the area of Jabal Azzan in the province of Aleppo late on April 14 were “highly likely” a result of Israeli airstrikes in the area.
These rumors were also actively fueled by some Israeli and pro-Israeli media. Previous allegations about a possible Iranian base in the area also played own role.
As the rumors developed, repors about “four Israeli airstrikes” even appeared. However, these reports cannot be confirmed by any reliable sources or evidence.
ناشطون: انفجار ضخم في أحد أكبر مخازن الميليشيات الإيرانية في جبل عزان بريف حلب الجنوبي
— سكاي نيوز عربية-الآن (@SkyNewsArabia_B) 14 April 2018
According to local sources, the explosion in Jabal Azzan was a result of the detonation of an IEDs stockpile in the area. These IEDs had been removed from Aleppo and its countryisde after the city was liberated from militants by the Syrian Army in 2016.
The Hezbollah media wing in Syria also denounced reports about the alleged Syrian airstrikes in the area.
The “Israeli airstrikes in Aleppo” story is an example how rumors may spread in the media if the situation on the ground is tense and competing sides are making conflicting statements on various issues.