An alleged Israeli Air Force strike on Damascus International Airport early on Friday caused “extensive damage to both military and civilian runways,” according to the ImageSat International company, which published photos of the aftermath of the incident.
Syria’s Transportation Ministry had halted flights in and out of the airport, the company noted.
The U.K.-based group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday that the airport’s old terminals, which according to SOHR had been used covertly by Iran-backed commanders and Hezbollah, were completely destroyed. The northern runway, a control tower and warehouses were also damaged, according to the report.
A Syrian air force and intelligence delegation reportedly visited the airport to inspect the damage.
“It is worth noting that the northern runway was the only runway in service, after the southern runway was put out of service in 2021 due to Israeli strikes which targeted shipments and warehouses of Iranian-backed militias in the perimeter of the airport,” SOHR reported on Friday.
Friday’s strike on Damascus International Airport was the fifteenth Israeli strike in Syrian territory this year, according to the report.
On Sunday, Yediot Ahronot reported that Iran was using civilian flights to Damascus and Beirut to smuggle advanced weapons components to Hezbollah, after an Israeli strike on the airport in May made it impossible for Iranian cargo planes to land there.