SANA: Aleppo Airport is out of service due to damage caused by an “Israeli raid”

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Syrian Ministry of Transport said that Aleppo International Airport is out of service due to the damage caused by an Israeli air strike on Wednesday morning.

The Ministry of Transport added that the flights scheduled to land at Aleppo Airport will head towards Damascus and Latakia, according to the Syrian News Agency (SANA).

Earlier, the Syrian Ministry of Defense said, on Wednesday, that an “Israeli aggression” targeted Aleppo International Airport in northern Syria, causing “some material damage.”

The ministry said, in a statement, that Israel launched “several missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean, west of Latakia, targeting the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport, causing material damage to the airport.”

The ministry indicated that the attack took place at 3:55 am local time. It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries at the airport.

The Israeli military told CNN on Wednesday that it would not comment on foreign media reports.

Earlier in March, Syria said that Israel had carried out an air attack targeting Aleppo International Airport, which caused material damage to the airport and put it out of service.

The Israeli army has intensified missile attacks on Syrian airports, saying that the strikes aim to target Iranian forces and military facilities and prevent Tehran from supplying weapons to its allies in Syria, which has been witnessing a civil war since 2011 that has killed more than 300,000 civilians.

And the Syrian Ministry of Defense said, in September 2022, that five Syrian soldiers were killed in Israeli air strikes that targeted Damascus International Airport and other areas near the capital.

In August 2022, an Israeli missile strike on the Damascus countryside around Damascus killed three Syrian soldiers last month. Airstrikes in June 2022 stopped Damascus airport from serving for nearly two weeks.

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