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Israeli strikes knock out Damascus, Aleppo airports: Syria state media

Israeli strikes on Sunday put out of service war-torn Syria’s two main airports, state media reported citing a military source, with the transport ministry saying flights were re-routed to Latakia.

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA — Israeli strikes on Sunday put out of service war-torn Syria’s two main airports, state media reported citing a military source, with the transport ministry saying flights were re-routed to Latakia.

While Israeli strikes have repeatedly caused the grounding of flights at the government-controlled airports in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo, it is the second time simultaneous strikes have hit the facilities since this month’s conflict between Israel and Hamas began.

“At around 5:25 am (0225 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out… an air attack… targeting Damascus and Aleppo international airports, leading to the death of a civilian worker at Damascus airport and wounding another,” the military source said in the statement carried by state news agency SANA.

The wounded worker later died, state television reported, citing a transport ministry source.

The military source said the “simultaneous” strikes came “from the direction of the Mediterranean west of Latakia and from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan”, according to the statement.

“Material damage to the airports’ runways put them out of service,” the statement added.

The transport ministry said flights were diverted to Latakia airport.

Syria’s foreign ministry lambasted the Israel strikes on the airports as well as its assault on Gaza, and criticised the country’s backers in a statement later on Sunday.

Syria “warns of the consequences of continuing these attacks and practises… that could plunge the region into wider spiralling violence that will be difficult to contain,” the statement said.

On 12 October, simultaneous strikes knocked both Damascus and Aleppo airports out of service, Syria said at the time.

Last weekend, Israeli strikes targeted Aleppo airport, wounding five people, a war monitor reported, and also putting it out of service, according to the authorities.

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

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

— AFP

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Syria didn’t do anything to Israel but Israel has been regularly bombing them over the past recent years without ANY repercussions. One wonders WHY? Also, when is Israel going to return the Golan Heights back to Syria?

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