BEIRUT — Israel’s army fired missiles towards the worldwide airport of Syria’s capital early Monday, placing it out of service and killing two troopers and wounding two others, the Syrian military mentioned.
The assault, which occurred shortly after midnight Sunday, was the second in seven months to place the Damascus Worldwide Airport out of fee. It induced materials injury in a close-by space, the military mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.
Syria’s Ministry of Transport mentioned work to restore the injury started instantly and later Monday, some flights resumed whereas work in different elements of the airport continued.
Israel has focused airports and ports in 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.
An opposition conflict monitor reported the Israeli strikes hit the airport in addition to an arms depot near the power south of Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned 4 individuals have been killed within the strike.
The conflicting experiences couldn’t instantly be reconciled.
The Observatory mentioned the runway used for civilian flights was mounted whereas one other, used for cargo transport, stays out of service. That runway can also be utilized by Iran-backed backed teams, the Observatory added.
In a while Monday, Syria’s Overseas Ministry mentioned the strikes are “a part of a collection of Israeli crimes” focusing on Syria. The ministry, in a press release, known as on the U.N. Safety Council to sentence the “Israeli crimes and aggressions” including that these accountable ought to be held accountable and such assaults shouldn’t be repeated.
There was no remark from Israel.
Syrian state TV reported that the non-public Cham Wings resumed flights whereas the flight-tracking web site Flightradar24 confirmed a flight by Iraq’s non-public Fly Baghdad coming from the Iraqi metropolis of Najaf was about to land shortly round 9 a.m. in Damascus.
On June 10, Israeli airstrikes that struck Damascus Worldwide Airport induced important injury to infrastructure and runways. It reopened two weeks later after repairs.
In September, Israeli airstrikes hit the worldwide airport of the northern metropolis of Aleppo, Syria’s largest and as soon as industrial middle, additionally placing it out of service for days.
In late 2021, Israeli warplanes fired missiles that struck the port of Latakia hitting containers and igniting an enormous fireplace.
Israel has carried out lots of of strikes on targets inside government-controlled elements of Syria lately, however not often acknowledges or discusses such operations.
Israel has acknowledged, nevertheless, that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant teams, reminiscent of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has despatched 1000’s of fighters to help Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Hundreds of Iran-backed fighters have joined Syria’s 11-year civil conflict and helped tip the stability of energy in Assad’s favor.
Israel says an Iranian presence on its northern frontier is a pink line that justifies its strikes on amenities and weapons inside Syria.