Second Strike in a Month: Israel Launches Assault on Aleppo Airport in Syria


Israeli airstrikes hit Aleppo airport again, Syria on Wednesday (23/3) and caused damage. This was Israel’s second attack on the facility this month.

The airport in Syria’s second city has been the main conduit for relief flights since the February 6 earthquake that devastated southeastern Turkey and neighboring Syria.

“Around 03:55, enemy Israel carried out airstrikes … targeting Aleppo international airport, causing some material damage,” the Syrian Defense Ministry said in a statement as reported by news agencies AFPWednesday (22/3/2023).

“Multiple missiles” were fired from the western Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, he added.

Syrian Transport Ministry official Suleiman Khalil told AFP that technicians were assessing the damage at the airport.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group said the strikes targeted the airport complex and weapons depots belonging to pro-Iranian forces in the airport perimeter. The Britain-based war monitoring group said the depot had been “completely destroyed”.

Previously on March 7, three people were killed in an Israeli attack on Aleppo airport which brought air traffic, including relief flights, to a halt. The airport reopened a few days later.

According to the Syrian Ministry of Transport, more than 80 relief flights have landed in Aleppo with relief supplies after the devastating earthquake of 6 February.


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