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Israel strike damages Syria’s Aleppo airport, says Defence Ministry

DAMASCUS (AFP) – An Israeli air strike hit Syria’s Aleppo airport yesterday causing damage, the Defence Ministry said, without mentioning any casualties, in the second such attack on the facility this month.

The airport in Syria’s second city has been a major conduit for relief flights since a February 6 earthquake devastated swathes of southeastern Turkiye and neighbouring Syria.

“Around 3.55am (0055 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack… targetting Aleppo international airport, leading to some material damage,” a defence ministry statement said.

“A number of missiles” were fired from the Mediterranean west of the coastal city of Latakia, it added.

Transport ministry official Suleiman Khalil told AFP technicians were assessing the damage.

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows damage on the runway of Aleppo International Airport after a suspected Israeli strike in Aleppo, Syria. PHOTO: AP

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike targetted “the airport compound and a weapons depot belonging to pro-Iranian forces on the airport’s perimeter”.

The Britain-based war monitor said the depot had been “completely destroyed”.

On March 7, three people were killed in an Israeli strike on the airport that brought air traffic, including relief flights, to a halt. The airport reopened several days later.

More than 80 aid flights have landed in Aleppo with relief supplies following the earthquake, according to the transport ministry.

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against its neighbour, primarily targetting positions of the Syrian army and its Iranian and Hezbollah allies.

The Israeli military rarely comments on individual strikes against Syria, but has vowed repeatedly to keep up its air campaign to stop arch foe Iran consolidating its presence.Israel has attacked Aleppo and Damascus airports several times in recent years.

 

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