Israeli airstrikes hit Syria’s Aleppo airport early Wednesday for the second time this month as the region is still recovering from a devastating earthquake that hit Syria and Turkey on February 6.
“At about 03:55 am on Wednesday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial act of aggression with a number of missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia, targeting the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport,” a Syrian military source told the Syrian news agency SANA.
The source did not report any casualties but said “material damage” had been done. Bassem Mansour, head of Syria’s civil aviation, said the strike put the airport out of service and added that “the airport will resume work within a short period.”
The city of Aleppo was seriously damaged by the earthquake and has been receiving flights carrying vital aid through the airport. The Israeli strikes that hit the airport earlier this month also put it out of service, forcing Syria to reroute aid flights to Damascus and Latakia.
Israel has been bombing Syria for years and began targeting the country’s airports more frequently starting in 2022. Israel rarely comments on individual airstrikes but claims its operations in Syria target Iran’s military presence and arms shipments, but they often kill Syrians and damage civilian infrastructure.