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    Israel strike on Syria airport kills five soldiers: State media

    BEIRUT (AP) – An Israeli strike on the Damascus International Airport and nearby military posts south of the Syrian capital killed five soldiers, state media reported on Saturday.

    State news agency SANA, quoting an unnamed military official, said the strikes happened after midnight on Friday, causing “material losses” as well.

    It added that some of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the strikes killed five Syrian soldiers and two members of other groups.

    The Israeli army declined comment, saying it does not react to “foreign reports”.

    The strike on the Damascus International Airport came 10 days after Israel launched a missile attack on Syria’s Aleppo airport in the north that put it out of commission for a few days.

    It was the second attack on Aleppo’s airport within a week.

    On June 10, Israeli airstrikes on Damascus International Airport caused significant damage to infrastructure and runways and rendered the main runway unserviceable.

    The airport opened two weeks later following renovation work.

    Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

    Israel has acknowledged, however, that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant groups, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

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