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Israeli drone crashes in Syria after Aleppo airport attack

This file photo shows an Israeli soldier operating a drone.

An Israeli drone crashed in Syria just hours after an attack conducted by the Tel Aviv regime against the Aleppo international airport in the Arab country's northwest left the facility out of service. 

The Israeli military said on Wednesday that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed during a “routine operation,” without elaborating on the drone's model or the cause of the incident.

It claimed that there is no fear of sensitive information leaking from the device, adding that an investigation into the crash will be launched.

The crash comes as an Israeli airstrike targeted Aleppo airport earlier in the day, causing some “material damage” to it and putting it out of service.

Syria's foreign ministry called the Israeli strike a “double crime,” noting that it targeted a civilian airport and a main channel for the flow of aid to areas hit by the February devastating earthquake.

Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli warplanes fired the missiles toward Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and once commercial center while flying over the Mediterranean Sea. 

According to Bassem Mansour, head of Syria’s civil aviation, the strike damaged the airport’s runway and put the facility out of service, but repair work has started and “the airport will resume work within a short period.”

The strike was the third Israeli attack on Aleppo airport in six months.

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 attacks on Syrian territories, which many see as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s success in confronting 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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