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Israel strikes Syrian airport after Hamas attack


An Israeli airstrike from the sea hit Syria’s Aleppo airport, a war monitor and state media reported, days after similar strikes targeted airports in Aleppo and Damascus.

An Israeli air strike from the sea direction struck Aleppo airport,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an organisation that monitors the war in Syria.

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Syrian state TV confirmed the attack, saying that “Israeli aggression targeted Aleppo International Airport”.

The attack came on Saturday, after Israeli strikes on Thursday had put Syria’s two main airports in Damascus and Aleppo out of service, in the first such attack since a weekend Hamas attack on Israel sparked fierce fighting.

Saturday’s attack hit the airport “hours after it resumed service, putting it out of service again,” said the observatory, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

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Israeli strikes have often caused the suspension of flights at the airports in Damascus and Aleppo, both of which are under the control of the Syrian government in the war-torn country.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syria during more than a decade of war, mainly targeting Iranian-backed forces, Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon, and Syrian army positions.

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On Saturday, Iran, which backs Hamas, praised Hamas’s attack on Israel but denied any involvement in it.

The strikes were the second such attack on Syrian airports after Hamas’s surprise October 7 attack from Gaza started a war that has killed more than 1,300 people in Israel.