Sunday, 28 May 2023 08:30 GMT

Airstrike damages Aleppo airport, Iran-backed militia depot, heightens tensions

(MENAFN) According to reports from Syria's state news agency, the international airport in the northern city of Aleppo was hit by an Israeli airstrike early Wednesday, causing serious damage and putting it out of service. This marks the second attack on the facility this month, leaving many wondering about the mounting tensions between the two countries. While the unnamed military official stated that there were no casualties, the strike did cause severe material damage to the airport's runway, rendering it unusable. Bassem Mansour, the head of Syria's civil aviation, confirmed that repairs have started and that the airport will resume work within a short period.

Aleppo, which was once a thriving commercial center, is Syria's largest city and has been a key channel for the flow of aid into the country. The timing of the attack is particularly concerning, as it comes just weeks after a devastating earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, killing over 50,000 people, with more than 6,000 of them being in Syria alone. The airport has played a crucial role in facilitating the delivery of aid to those affected by the natural disaster.

In addition to the airport, the airstrike also reportedly destroyed a nearby arms depot of Iran-backed militiamen, according to the opposition war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The incident has raised questions about the intensifying tensions between Israel and Iran-backed forces in Syria, as well as the potential for further military action in the region. The situation remains volatile as both sides continue to engage in a war of words and actions.


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