Since the civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes against its northern neighbor, targeting government troops, allied Iran-backed forces, and Hezbollah fighters.
While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged carrying out hundreds. Several Israeli strikes hit Aleppo international airport in northern Syria on Wednesday, the official SANA news agency stated, also reporting material damage.
Aleppo international airport
“At approximately 2000 hours (1700 GMT), the Israeli enemy targeted Aleppo international airport with missile fire, causing some material damage at the heart of the facility,” the agency stated. It made no mention of casualties.
SANA had earlier reported “the sound of explosions” in the place. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a wide network of sources on the ground for its report, confirmed there had been an attack.
It told four Israeli missiles had targeted the runway and depots at the airport believed to contain rockets supplied by Iran. The Observatory did not report any casualties but stated the strikes had triggered explosions and fires.
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SANA also stated on Wednesday that anti-aircraft defenses had intercepted “enemy” missiles above the capital Damascus. State television told the missiles were Israeli.
Last Thursday, SANA said 2 civilians were wounded in a series of Israeli air strikes on the western Hama and Tartus regions. The Observatory said they were among the heaviest Israeli raids so far against Iranian-aligned militias in Syria.
Since the civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out 100 of air strikes against its northern neighbor, targeting government troops, allied Iran-backed forces, and Hezbollah fighters.
While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged carrying out hundreds. The Israeli military has supported such action as necessary to prevent arch-enemy Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.