Damascus airport out of service after Israeli strikes

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L&rsquo ;Damascus airport out of service after Israeli strikes

L Damascus airport was temporarily closed following the strikes.

Damascus International Airport was knocked out of service Monday by Israeli strikes, which left four dead , including two Syrian soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

It is the second time in less than seven months that Damascus airport, where Iranian-backed armed groups and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have a presence, has been taken out of service. by Israel.

Four fighters, including two Syrian soldiers, were killed by the Israeli bombardment, OSDH chief Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP. , a UK-based organization. He was unable to specify the nationality of the other two killed.

The official Syrian agency Sana, citing a military source, said that two Syrian soldiers died in the attack, which took place around 2 a.m. (local time) on Monday.

The Israeli enemy carried out an air assault using a missile barrage, targeting Damascus International Airport and its surroundings , and resulting in the deaths of two soldiers, injuries to two others and property damage, the agency said.

The airport is out of service, she added.

According to the head of the OSDH, the; Israeli attack targeted positions of Hezbollah and pro-Iranian groups in and around the airport, including an arms depot.

Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in its neighbor, targeting positions of the Syrian army, pro-Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah.

< p class="e-p">The Jewish state rarely comments on its strikes against Syria, but says it will not allow Iran to expand its influence in Syria.

On December 28, the head of the Israeli army's operations directorate, Major General Oded Basiuk, spoke about these raids in Syria when presenting his operational prospects for 2023.< /p>

We see our action plan in Syria as an example of how continuous and persistent military action leads to shaping and influencing the entire region, the IDF tweeted when reporting on General Basiuk's presentation.

We will not accept a Hezbollah 2.0 in Syria, the Israeli army added.

Before dawn on June 10, the Israeli air force had already bombed the airport located in the south of the Syrian capital, putting the airstrips out of service for almost two weeks.< /p>

Aleppo airport, the second busiest in the country, was also forced to close for several days in September following Israeli raids.

< p class="e-p">Triggered by the crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the war in Syria has claimed an estimated 500,000 lives, devastated the country's infrastructure and displaced millions.

After years of bloody fighting and shelling, the conflict has largely subsided over the past three years. Sporadic fighting sometimes breaks out, and jihadist attacks continue, mainly in the east of the country.

According to the OSDH, which relies on a extensive network of sources in Syria, the conflict claimed at least 3,825 lives in 2022 – the lowest number since 2011 – compared to 3,882 in 2021. Among the dead last year were 1,627 civilians, including 321 children.

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