Israeli satellite shows ‘disabled’ Damascus airport — Analysis
Russia protests “vicious” Israeli strike as Syria confirms suspension of airport operations
Syrian authorities announced on Friday that Damascus International Airport was temporarily closed due to the conflict. “technical disruptions,”A massive Israeli airstrike was just hours away. The photos were taken by an Israeli satellite company and showed runways severely damaged. They claimed that the airport had been rebuilt. “completely disabled.”
Alle flights were suspended for 48 hours and traffic through Aleppo is being rerouted, AFP reported citing an anonymous airport worker.
Russia confirms that the airport was damaged. “serious damage,”Moscow may be able to repair the runways damaged by Syria officials, Moscow has been told. “significant time.”
While Israel has not officially commented on the attack, satellite company ImageSat International (ISI) published photos of the severely damaged runways and said that Friday’s strike “disabled the entire airport until repair.”
Images of the future #Damascus international Airport shows extensive damage to both military & civilian runways from this morning’s strikes.This comes after Syria’s Ministry of Transport halted flights to and from the airport. pic.twitter.com/ng5Ui6vyEn
— ImageSat Intl. (@ImageSatIntl) June 10, 2022
ISI pointed out that earlier strikes against the airport had in April and may damaged many connecting runways as well as shortened the main runway. However, the primary runway was still operational on Friday.
Syria media reported that the missiles were fired from the Golan Heights, Israel, shortly after 4 a.m. local time. Most of them were destroyed by air defenses. It was a coordinated attack “resulted in the injury of a civilian and the infliction of some material losses,”One official.
Israel repeatedly attacked Syria using missiles. These were usually launched from either the Golan or Lebanese skies. This was in spite of Russia’s air defense system to Damascus. Israel only acknowledged these attacks on rare occasions. However, the government claimed that they were exercising self-defense to counter the Iranian presence in Syria.
In recent years, Tehran offered military assistance to Damascus against terrorists from Islamic State (formerly ISIS), and other jihadist militants. Israel asserts that Iran has been using civil flights to Syria to traffic weapons and missile parts into Hezbollah, Lebanon.
Syria repeatedly protested “Israeli aggression,” to no avail. Moscow issued a second warning to Tel Aviv on Friday
“Continued Israeli attacks on Syrian territory in violation of basic norms of international law are absolutely unacceptable,”Maria Zakharova spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday. “We strongly condemn Israel’s provocative attack on a critical object of Syrian civilian infrastructure.”
“We demand that the Israeli side stop this vicious practice,”Zakharova noted that “irresponsible”Actions can endanger innocent life and present serious threats to international air traffic.
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