An Israeli airstrike has hit the international airport in the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo for a second time in recent weeks, causing some “material damage” to it and taking the facility out of service.
Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military official, reported that “the Israeli enemy fired a number of missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, west of the coastal city of Latakia, targeting Aleppo International Airport, at 3:55 a.m. (0055 GMT) on Wednesday.”
It added that the strike “caused material damage to the airport and put it out of service.”
Israel again attacks #Aleppo International Airport causing material damage to the perimeter.#Syria Air Defence responded & downed % of missiles.
Not only the West is getting desperate. #Netanyahu needs war to avoid civil war at home.
— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) March 22, 2023
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, or information on the specific targets of the airstrike.
Syria’s Ministry of Transport said all flights that were supposed to head to Aleppo were rerouted to two other airports in the war-torn country, and will either land in the capital Damascus or the international airport in Latakia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called the Israeli strike a “double crime,” saying that it targeted a civilian airport and a main channel for the flow of aid to areas hit by the last month’s devastating earthquake.
Earlier this month, ‘Israel’ launched an air raid on Syria’s Aleppo airport, damaging its runway and taking it out of service.
Syria has been in the grip of foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies aid Takfiri terrorist groups that continue to wreak havoc in the country.
Source: Sana and Mehr news agencies