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Israeli strikes hit Aleppo Airport for third time in two weeks

Israel has struck hundreds of targets in Syria in recent years to prevent Iranian military entrenchment.

Aleppo International Airport. Credit: International Mine Action Center in Syria via Wikimedia Commons.
Aleppo International Airport. Credit: International Mine Action Center in Syria via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli airstrikes caused damage to Aleppo Airport on Wednesday, according to Syrian media reports.

The pro-regime Sham FM radio said the runway was struck, in at least the third such instance in two weeks.

Israeli strikes overnight Saturday reportedly put the Damascus and Aleppo airports out of service.

One person was killed and another wounded in the attacks, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Israel allegedly hit the same airports on Oct. 12, damaging the runways at both.

Israel Hayom reported that those strikes forced Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to land in Baghdad instead of Damascus and stopped an Iranian shipment of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles from reaching the Syrian capital.

According to the report, the Damascus airport was hit 10 minutes before a Mahan Air Airbus A340-313 from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport carrying 10 tons of missiles was scheduled to land.

The subsequent strike on the Aleppo airport landing strip was intended to prevent the flight from diverting there, according to the report.

Israel has struck hundreds of targets in Syria in recent years as part of an effort to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in the country. However, Jerusalem rarely acknowledges these incidents.

On Tuesday night, the Israel Defense Forces struck Syrian army sites in response to rocket fire towards the southern Golan Heights.

Fighter jets hit “military infrastructure and mortar launchers” after two rockets were launched at Israeli territory from Syria; both fell in open areas, the IDF stated.

The Syrian military said on Wednesday morning that eight soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in the strikes in southwestern Daraa.

Sirens went off in several agricultural communities in the southern Golan Heights during the rocket fire from Syria. There were no reports of injury or damage.

The IDF initially responded to the attack with artillery fire at the source of the rockets.

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