According to state media reports, the international airport in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was subjected to an Israeli airstrike in the early hours of Wednesday. This is the second attack on the airport this month and has resulted in material damage.
An unnamed military official, as quoted by the state news agency SANA, did not specify any casualties resulting from the strike. The official mentioned that warplanes launched the missiles while flying over the Mediterranean towards Aleppo, which is Syria’s largest city and was once a major commercial hub.
The airport has been one of the main channels for the flow of aid into the country after the Feb. 6 Earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, killing over 50,000 people, including more than 6,000 in Syria.
On March 7, an Israeli airstrike put the airport out of service for several days and flights were rerouted to two other airports in the war-torn country until the damage was fixed.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, including attacks on the Damascus and Aleppo airports, but it rarely acknowledges or discusses the operations.
Israel has acknowledged, however, that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant groups, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Israel has targeted airports and seaports in the government-held parts of Syria in an apparent attempt to prevent arms shipments from Iran to militant groups backed by Tehran, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah.