Israeli warplanes crippled Damascus International Airport on Sunday, according to Syrian official media. The airport serves as a central transportation hub for the Syrian capital.
Flights destined for Damascus were being redirected to Latakia and Aleppo.
Since the beginning of the Hamas-Israel conflict in Gaza on Oct. 7, Israel has bombed Syria’s international airports multiple times, including Damascus and Aleppo. Israeli forces have launched airstrikes on western Syria in response to rocket attacks on the Golan Heights in Israel.
Israel allegedly damaged other places in the countryside around Damascus with missiles launched from the Golan Heights, according to SANA, which cited an anonymous military officer. No casualties have been reported.
The attacks occurred within hours of the airport resuming flights after a monthlong suspension due to an earlier Israeli hit, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor headquartered in Britain.
Over the last several years, Israel has launched hundreds of attacks on targets inside portions of war-torn Syria that are under the authority of the government. It claims, however, that it is aiming at forces there who have supported President Bashar Assad’s administration and are backed by Iran.
Syria’s official media said that the country’s two major airports have been rendered inoperable.
The two airports’ landing strips were destroyed in the “simultaneous” strikes, “taking them out of action.”
Israeli military officials refrained from making an early statement on the assault, as is their usual practice.
Since Iran started backing President Bashar al-Assad in the 2011 civil war, Syria and Iran have become close allies, and Tehran’s influence has grown. The Syrian government has rejected claims that Iran maintains a significant military presence in Syria.
Just one day before Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was scheduled to visit Syria, the nation was hit by new attacks.
In response to the militant group’s multi-pronged strike within Israel over the weekend, Israel has pledged to eliminate Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.
Although Tehran has denied any role in the strike’s preparation or execution, it has praised Hamas for the attack.