Aleppo airport in northern Syria was hit early Wednesday by an Israeli strike that caused material damage for the second time since the beginning of the month, the Syrian Ministry of Security said. Defense.
The airport was used in particular to transport international humanitarian aid to Aleppo, hard hit by the earthquake which on February 6 devastated several regions of Syria and Turkey, a neighboring country.
“At approximately 3:55 a.m. (0055 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with several missiles from the Mediterranean, west of Latakia, targeting Aleppo International Airport,” the ministry added. defense.
The ministry quoted a military source reporting material damage, without mentioning casualties.
The first findings “revealed material damage within the airport enclosure,” Souleiman Khalil told AFP, who did not specify whether it had been decommissioned.
“Israeli planes targeted the interior of Aleppo international airport and an arms depot belonging to Iranian militias near the airport, completely destroying it,” said the Syrian Observatory of human rights (OSDH).
This is the second time that Aleppo airport has been targeted by Israel in March, with the last such raid killing three on March 7 and putting the airport out of service, according to the UK-based OSDH. United and who has an extensive network of sources in Syria
More than 80 planes loaded with humanitarian aid have landed at this airport since the earthquake, which killed nearly 6,000 people in Syria, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Aleppo airport, the second largest in the country, had already remained closed for three days after an Israeli strike in September, according to official sources.
In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, targeting regime positions as well as Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces, allies of Damascus and sworn enemies of Israel.
Israel, a neighbor of Syria, rarely comments on strikes on a case-by-case basis, but says it wants to prevent Iran from establishing itself on its doorstep.
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