Israeli strikes hit Syria’s Aleppo airport for second time this month

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The Israeli military attacked Aleppo International Airport early Wednesday morning, according to Syrian state media.

Syria’s state news agency Sana reported no casualties, but said there was some damage at the airport.

This was the second time Israel hit Aleppo International Airport this month.

“At approximately 03:55 am on Wednesday, the enemy of Israel launched an offensive action from the air with several missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia, targeting the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport,” said a Syrian military source. Sana.

The source added that “the attack caused material damage to the airport” and the runway is closed until further notice.

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Aleppo airport has often been used for aid deliveries to earthquake-hit areas in northern Syria. The earthquakes that struck Turkey a month ago left more than 50,000 dead, including around 6,000 in Syria, sparking a humanitarian crisis.

The Israeli military did not comment on the attack, a position it has usually maintained in previous attacks on Syria.

Two “regional intelligence sources” speaking to Reuters said the attack targeted an underground munitions depot linked to the nearby Nairab military airport, where alleged Iranian-supplied missile systems were stored.

In recent years the influence of pro-Iranian militias in Syria’s northern Aleppo Province has increased.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria since 2011, targeting government troops, Iranian-backed fighters and members of Hezbollah. However, airport targeting and aviation paralysis have become more frequent in recent months.

At the beginning of this year, the Israeli military attacked Damascus International Airport, temporarily putting it out of service and leaving two Syrian soldiers dead.

Last month, at least five people were killed when suspected Israeli airstrikes hit residential neighborhoods and other locations in Damascus.

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