Syria’s Damascus Airport Shuttered After Major Israeli Attack

All flights suspended after runway badly damaged

All flights out of Damascus International Airport have been suspended until further notice after a Friday morning attack by Israel, the second strike of the week, badly damaging the airport.

Strikes began at 4:00 am, fired from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The strikes injured one civilian and caused damage to the runway. The runway was hit three times.

Israel has claimed Iran was using civilian flights to transfer weapons to Hezbollah through the airport, and that appears to be the legal pretext, such as it is.

Russia, by contrast, angrily condemning the “vicious, provocative attack” on Syria. They added it violated the basic norms of international law.

Reports are that the airport will not be reopened to flights until the runway is repaired. There is no word on how long that will take, though obviously the danger of trying to repair when more attacks might be forthcoming will lead to extra precautions, and possible delays.

Repair might be done on both runways in Damascus, as the airport had only been using the north one, damaged today. The other runway was damaged by previous Israeli attacks and stopped being used.

Author: Jason Ditz

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