Syria accuses Israel over Aleppo airport strike

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Syria’s Defence Ministry stated on Sunday that an Israeli bombardment has rendered Aleppo International Airport inoperable, criticising Benjamin Netanyahu’s government for failing to follow “international laws and norms.”

“At approximately 11:35 pm on Saturday, the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia, targeting Aleppo International Airport, which led to material damage to the airport and it being out of service,” according to a statement released by the ministry.

According to the Times of Israel, the attack came shortly after two rockets were fired from Syria towards the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

On Thursday SANA new agency, citing the Syrian military, reported “simultaneous” missile strikes, carried out by Israel against the airports in Aleppo and the Syrian capital, Damascus. According to AFP, Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, confirmed the attack on Damascus airport, saying it was intended to thwart “weapons deliveries from Iran.”

The strikes in Aleppo and Damascus came just a day before Iran’s foreign minister travelled to Syria for talks on the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Syrian defence officials issued a statement condemning Israel for “its continuing crimes against the Palestinian people and the massacres it commits against innocent civilians, including women and children,” adding that Israel is the “largest supporter of terrorist organisations in the region, and Syria in particular.”