Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack — report

A crowd gathers at a of a blast in Jaramana district, near Damascus, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA, on Wednesday. (Reuters)
Updated 22 September 2017
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Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack — report

BEIRUT: Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria's borders.
Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on screen. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the air strike, saying: "We do not respond to such reports."
Earlier this month, the Syrian army reported an Israeli air strike on a military site in Syria's Hama province.
Israel says it has hit arms convoys of the Syrian military and its Iranian-backed ally Hezbollah nearly 100 times in the past five years.
Israel, which fought a 2006 war with Hezbollah, sees red lines in the shipment to the powerful Shi'ite group of anti-aircraft missiles, precision ground-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria's civil war, said the attack earlier this month was on a facility of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre, an agency which the United States describes as Syria's chemical weapons manufacturer.
Syria's government denies using chemical arms. In 2013 it promised to surrender its chemical weapons, which it says it has done.


Egypt Air ‘lowers volume’ of on-flight Islamic prayer: Reports

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Egypt Air ‘lowers volume’ of on-flight Islamic prayer: Reports

CAIRO: Egypt Air has denied claims that it has decided to stop playing its pre-flight Islamic travel prayer, as had been reported by local newspapers.
Some news reports claimed that the Egyptian national carrier had muted the Islamic prayer that follows its pre-flight safety information.
The airliner has been at times criticized by some for ‘forcing’ the prayer on passengers by playing it out loud.
Sources quoted from the company said that it has not banned the onboard prayer but has rather “lowered the volume” at which it plays.
It said the move aims to ensure the comfort of its passengers, and what is consistent with the safety of its aircrafts.