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Syrian state media: Israeli airstrike hits Aleppo airport for second time in weeks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture shows a view of the Aleppo International Airport, Syria, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, on February 14, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

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.”

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.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime rarely comments on its cowardly attacks on Syrian territories, which many see as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s success in confronting and decimating terrorism.

Israel has been one of the main supporters of terrorist groups that oppose the democratically-elected government of President Bashar al-Assad since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria.

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