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Syria: Damascus Airport Suspends Operations Following An Israeli Strike, Four Reported Dead

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Two Syrian soldiers were among the four people dead in a missile attack by the Israeli army on the Damascus International Airport on Monday, according to a human rights investigator. According to the Syrian army, the strike has rendered the airport inoperable. It is the most recent in a series of attacks against assets tied to Iran. The missiles, which originated from Lake Tiberias in Israel, struck the airport at around two in the morning local time, according to a statement from the army.

According to a military source who spoke to Syria’s state news agency SANA, Israel launched the attack with “barrages of missiles, targeting Damascus International Airport and its surroundings.” An extensive network of contacts in Syria provides the organization with the information it needs.

Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the Observatory, told AFP that the Israeli strike “killed four fighters, including two Syrian soldiers.” According to Abdul Rahman, the missiles also struck “positions for Hezbollah and pro-Iranian groups inside the airport and its surroundings, including a weapons warehouse.” Last year, Israel increased its airstrikes on civilian airports, including Damascus International, to thwart Tehran’s growing reliance on aerial supply routes to ship weapons to Hezbollah and other allies in Syria and Lebanon.

Due to substantial infrastructural damage, notably to a runway and a terminal, caused by Israeli attacks in June, the Damascus airport’s operations had to be suspended for two weeks. The airport was attacked once more in September, along with Aleppo’s second-largest civilian airport, forcing it to close for several days. Since the start of the civil conflict in Syria in 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes against its neighbor, targeting government troops as well as forces associated with Iran and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

The Israel Defense Force has not yet released a statement regarding the strike. Nevertheless, the nation has recently struck militia targets in Syria supported by Iran, claiming that it will not allow Iran to establish a foothold there. After Major General Oded Basiuk, the commander of the Israel Defense Forces, delivered the army’s operational vision through 2023, there was a strike on Monday.

“We see that our course of action in Syria is an example of how continuous and persistent military action leads to shaping and influencing the entire region,” according to tweets by the IDF on Basiuk’s presentation. “We will not accept Hezbollah 2.0 in Syria.”

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