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‘Significant’ harm to airport from Israeli strike: Syria

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Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned the Friday morning Israeli strike hit three arms depots for Iran-backed militiamen contained in the airport

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned the Friday morning Israeli strike hit three arms depots for Iran-backed militiamen contained in the airport

An Israeli airstrike that struck Damascus International Airport triggered “significant” harm to infrastructure and rendered the primary runway unserviceable till additional discover, Syria mentioned Saturday.

The assertion by the Transportation Ministry was the primary detailing the extent of harm from Friday’s airstrike. Syrian media reported earlier that Syria suspended all flights to and from the airport and the ministry confirmed all flights have been suspended as a result of “some technical equipment stopped functioning at the airport.”

Israel’s military has declined to comment on the airstrike.

Saturday’s statement said the runway had been damaged “in several locations” and that the strike additionally hit the airport’s second terminal constructing.

“As a result of these damages, incoming and outgoing flights through the airport were suspended until further notice,” it mentioned.

The airport is situated south of the capital Damascus the place Syrian opposition activists say Iran-backed militiamen are energetic and have arms depots.

Israel has for years carried out strikes within the space, together with one on May 21 that resulted in a hearth close to the airport resulting in the postponement of two flights. This was the primary time an airstrike triggered harm resulting in the suspension of flights on the airport.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition conflict monitor, mentioned the Friday morning Israeli strike hit three arms depots for Iran-backed militiamen contained in the airport, including that the northern runway on the facility was broken, as was the remark tower.

The Observatory added that the northern runway was the one one functioning after Israeli strikes final yr badly broken the opposite runway, referred to as the southern runway.

Israel has staged lots of of strikes on targets in Syria through the years however not often acknowledges or discusses such operations. It says it targets bases of Iran-allied militias, comparable to Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group. Hezbollah has fighters deployed in Syria combating on the facet of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s authorities forces and ships arms believed to be sure for the militias.

The Syrian Transportation Ministry assertion mentioned civil aviation cadres and specialised models have been working to take away particles and restore harm and that operations will resume as quickly as flight security could be ensured.

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