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SOHR : Syria suspends flights to Damascus airport after Israeli strike


Syria on Friday suspended all flights to and from Damascus International Airport following an Israeli airstrike. A newspaper backed by the government has given this information.


Al-Watan, without giving more details about the attack, said the runway was damaged by Israeli air strikes.


The airport is located south of the capital Damascus, where Syrian opposition activists say Iran-backed militias are active in the region and have weapons depots.

Israel has carried out attacks in the region for years. It had also attacked on May 21, due to which a fire broke out near the airport and two flights had to be suspended.

State news agency SANA said the transport ministry confirmed that all flights had been suspended because “some technical equipment at the airport has stopped working”, although the ministry did not mention the attack.

Private ‘Sham Wings’ airline said it was diverting all its flights from Damascus to Aleppo International Airport in the country’s north. It said that all passengers would be transported free of cost by buses between the two cities.

The airport is located in the south of Damascus. Flightradar24 showed no flights around the airport at noon on Friday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an Israeli attack on Friday morning targeted three weapons depots for Iran-backed militias inside the airport. The northern runway and monitoring tower were also damaged in the incident.

The observatory said only the northern runway was functioning after another runway was damaged last year by Israeli attacks. The announcement came hours after Syrian state media reported Israeli airstrikes on some military bases south of Damascus early on Friday. One person was injured in the attack and caused extensive damage.






Source:  newsdayexpress