Syria says main harm, runways unusable after Israel hits airport

DAMASCUS: Syria has confirmed main harm together with to runways at Damascus Worldwide Airport, which was closed for a second day Saturday for repairs after Israeli air strikes.

The transport ministry stated in a press release that runways had been out of service.

Since civil warfare broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out a whole bunch of air strikes towards its neighbour, concentrating on authorities troops in addition to allied Iran-backed forces and fighters from Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah.

However hardly ever have such assaults triggered main flight disruptions.

“Civil aviation and nationwide corporations are working… to restore the sizeable harm on the airport,” the ministry stated, including a terminal constructing was additionally hit.

The official SANA information company stated the Israeli bombardment wounded a civilian.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights warfare monitor stated the missile strike earlier than daybreak on Friday hit one of many runways in addition to three arms depots close to the airport belonging to Hezbollah, and different Iran-backed teams.

The Observatory, which depends on a community of sources inside Syria, stated the strikes wounded an undetermined variety of individuals.

Satellite tv for pc photos posted on Twitter by the Israeli agency ISI confirmed three separate areas of what it stated was “in depth harm to each army and civilian runways” brought on by the strikes.

In accordance with the Observatory, the broken runway was the one one nonetheless operational after an Israeli strike final 12 months put one other one out of service.

Russian condemnation
The 2021 bombardment had focused weapons shipments and arms depots operated by Iran-backed teams, stated the Observatory, a Britain-based monitor.

The airport is in a area south of Damascus the place Iran-backed teams, together with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, recurrently function.

The neighborhood of the power is favorite goal for Israel which has launched 15 aerial assaults on Syria this 12 months alone and recurrently accuses Iran of utilizing Damascus airport to ship weapons shipments to its allies.

Syrian state media had reported {that a} volley of missiles was fired from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights at round 4:20fjam (0120 GMT) on Friday.

Syria’s ally Russia strongly condemned “the provocative Israeli assault towards important civilian infrastructure”.

A spokesperson for Russia’s international ministry referred to as such assaults “a fully unacceptable violation of worldwide norms.”

Syrian International Minister Faisal Mekdad and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian spoke by telephone and likewise condemned the assault, SANA reported.

Syria “will defend itself by all respectable means” towards Israeli assaults, Mekdad stated.

Whereas Israel hardly ever feedback on particular person strikes, it has acknowledged finishing up a whole bunch in Syria, in what the Jewish state’s army says is important to forestall its arch foe Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.

The battle in Syria began with the brutal repression of peaceable protests and escalated to drag in international powers and international militants.

The warfare has killed practically half one million individuals and compelled round half of the nation’s pre-war inhabitants from their houses.

Russia’s army intervention in 2015 helped flip the warfare in favour of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Moscow maintains army bases within the nation.

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