DAMASCUS, Syria — An Israeli airstrike hit the worldwide airport within the northern Syrian metropolis of Aleppo early on Tuesday, placing it out of service, Syria state media mentioned. All flights have been rerouted to 2 different airports within the war-torn nation, in accordance with the report.
State information company SANA, citing an unnamed army official, mentioned Israeli warplanes fired missiles that hit Aleppo Worldwide Airport whereas flying over the Mediterranean Sea. It mentioned the strike “triggered materials harm to the airport and put it out of service.”
There was no remark from Israeli officers and it was not instantly clear if there have been any casualties.
Syria’s Ministry of Transportation mentioned all flights that have been supposed to move to Aleppo will land within the capital, Damascus, or the worldwide airport within the coastal province of Latakia.
The Overseas Ministry referred to as the Israeli strike a “double crime,” saying that it focused a civilian airport and a most important channel for the move of help to areas hit by final month’s earthquake.
Because the Feb. 6, earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria killing greater than 50,000 folks, together with 6,000 in Syria, scores of flights carrying help from totally different international locations have landed on the Aleppo airport.
Israel has carried out a whole lot of strikes on targets inside government-controlled elements of Syria in recent times, together with assaults on the Damascus and Aleppo airports, nevertheless it not often acknowledges or discusses the operations.
Israel has focused airports and sea ports within the government-held elements of Syria in an obvious try to forestall arms shipments from Iran to militant teams backed by Tehran, together with Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Hundreds of Iran-backed fighters from across the area joined Syria’s 12-year battle serving to tip the stability in favor of President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Aleppo, which suffered widespread destruction in Syria’s civil warfare, was once more closely broken within the lethal 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria final month.
On Feb. 19, Israeli airstrikes focused residential areas in Damascus, killing at the least 5 folks and wounding 15, in accordance with Syrian state media.
On Jan. 2, the Syrian military mentioned Israel’s army fired missiles towards Damascus’ worldwide airport, placing it out of service and killing two troopers. That assault got here amid Israeli fears the airport was getting used to funnel Iranian weaponry into the nation.
In September, Israeli airstrikes additionally hit the Aleppo airport, placing it out of service for days.