Major Damage to Damascus Airport After Israeli Strike, Report Says

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says hangers damaged in Friday strike stored Iranian weapons, and that auditoriums used to welcome Iranian and Hezbollah figures were hit

Satellite images depict several locations across Damascus International Airport's main runways hit by Friday's strike reportedly carried out by Israel.
Satellite images depict several locations across Damascus International Airport's main runways hit by Friday's strike reportedly carried out by Israel.Credit: ImageSat International

Syrian government engineering units are working around the clock to repair the damage from the Friday airstrikes on Damascus International Airport, attributed to Israel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

The Israeli strike has left the airport out of commission for two days, after hitting the main runway at "several locations" as well as the one of the airport's major terminal buildings, the country's Transportation Ministry revealed in a statement on Saturday. “As a result of these damages, incoming and outgoing flights through the airport were suspended until further notice,” it said, having been rerouted through Aleppo pending repairs.

The scene of Friday's airstrikes on Damascus International Airport.

A Syrian military official said an Israeli attack targeted sites south of the capital Damascus early on Friday, Syrian state media reported, later saying the city's airport has temporarily suspended operations.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes targeted warehouses used by Iranian militias in the vicinity of the Damascus International Airport, citing sources that said three sites were damaged.

The Syrian war monitor cited testimony from the airport saying that its northern runways, control tower and three hangars were damaged in the strike.

Also hit were auditoriums that in the past were used for travelers en route to the pilgrimage to Mecca, but in recent years have been used to welcome figures making clandestine visits, such as Iranian intelligence officers and Hezbollah members.

According to the reports, the hangars that were damaged were chiefly those used for storing Iranian weapons.

This is the second report of an Israeli strike in Syria this week, and according to the Syrian Observatory's tally, the 15th this year.

Syrian state TV reported on Monday that air defenses have been activated in response to an Israeli strike targeting southern parts of Damascus. The attack caused some material damage, the report said, noting no casualties.

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