Israeli airstrikes put Damascus, Aleppo airports out of service

AFP , Sunday 22 Oct 2023

Israel launched airstrikes on Sunday against Damascus and Aleppo airports in Syria, according to state news agency (SANA), resulting in the death of a worker at Damascus airport and injuring another.

Damascus International Airport


Syria's Transport Ministry said the repeated Israeli airstrikes have caused material damage to the airports' runways, leading to the grounding of flights and putting both airports out of service, adding that flights were diverted to Latakia.

The airstrikes came from the directions of the Mediterranean west of Latakia and the occupied Syrian Golan, SANA reported, citing a military source.

It is the third time Israel has launched simultaneous airstrikes against the country's two main airports in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, since Tel Aviv started its war in Gaza.

On 12 October, Israeli airstrikes targeted both airports, putting them out of service, Syrian state television said.

Last weekend, Israeli airstrikes knocked Aleppo airport out of service, wounding five people, according to the authorities.

During more than a decade of war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes on its northern neighbour, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters as well as Syrian army positions.

Israel rarely comments on individual airstrikes it carries out on Syria, but it has repeatedly said it will not allow its arch-foe Iran, which supports Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad's government, to expand its presence there.

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