Israeli strikes on Sunday destroyed two of Syria’s main airports in Damascus and Aleppo, killing two employees, state media reported, citing military and ministerial sources.
“At 5:25 a.m., the Israeli enemy launched an airstrike targeting the international airports of Damascus and Aleppo, killing one employee and wounding another at the Damascus airport,” a military source said, citing an official Syrian agency. Sana. According to the same source, “material damage to airport landing strips has taken them out of service”.
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State television later said the injured employee eventually died, citing a transport ministry source.
The military source added that the “simultaneous” strikes came “from the Mediterranean west of Latakia and from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan”. According to the Syrian Ministry of Transport, the flights were diverted to Latakia Airport (West).
It was the second time since the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas began on October 7 that airports in the Syrian government-held capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo have been hit simultaneously. On October 12, simultaneous strikes took these installations out of service, officials said. Last weekend, Israeli airstrikes targeted Aleppo airport, injuring five people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), which officials said had been decommissioned.
Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in the country since the start of the war in 2011. Its air force has specifically targeted support forces in Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, allies of Damascus and arch-enemies of Israel. Syrian Army. Israel rarely comments on strikes in Syria, but says it wants to prevent Iran from establishing itself on its doorstep.
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