Israel Attacks Syrian Capital of Damascus, Airport in Aleppo

Air defenses activated in capital, no casualties

Israeli airstrikes have been carried out against the Syrian city of Aleppo and the capital city of Damascus. The primary target was the Aleppo airport, while some air defenses reported strikes against military targets in and around Damascus.

Israel is not commenting, as usual, and details are still coming in on the consequences. The airport appears to have sustained damage, though how much is yet unconfirmed. There have been some fires in the area.

Air defenses appear to have prevented any substantial hits in Damascus, and while there is no damage reported, early state media reports say that there were no casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights suggested that the airport strike targeted warehouses, and speculated Iranian missiles may have been present. This appears to be in keeping with Israel’s excuses for strikes, which are always Iran-centric.

Author: Jason Ditz

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