Syrian Damascus Airport Flights Suspended After Israeli Attack | News

Syrian state media also reported that a civilian was wounded in an Israeli air strike.

Syria has suspended all flights at Damascus International Airport after what a pro-government newspaper said was an Israeli airstrike near the facility.

Al-Watan newspaper said Friday’s attack left the airport runway damaged, without giving further details.

Syrian state news agency SANA did not mention a strike, but said flights had been suspended because “some technical equipment had stopped working at the airport”.

The announcement came after state media reported that an Israeli missile hit several targets in the Syrian capital Damascus, injuring at least one civilian, on Friday.

Syrian government air defenses intercepted most of the missiles, while some hit their target, SANA said.

“At 4:20 [01:20 GMT] … the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault by firing a barrage of missiles from the occupied Golan Heights,” the report said.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Israeli attacks targeted weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, as well as other Iranian-backed groups near Damascus airport.

The monitor, who has a wide network of sources across Syria, said at least three of those positions were hit, leaving several people injured.

Since the civil war in Syria began in 2011, Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of air strikes, though it rarely publicly claims responsibility.

The attacks are an attempt to prevent Iranian-backed forces in Syria, as well as Hezbollah fighters, from gaining more strength in Syria and potentially attacking Israel.

The latest attack follows one on May 21 that killed three people near the Syrian capital, another on May 13 that killed five people in central Syria and another near Damascus on April 27, which according to SOHR killed 10 fighters, among them six Syrians. soldiers, in the deadliest attack in 2022.

The conflict in Syria has killed nearly half a million people and displaced half the country’s population.

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