Damascus: Syria announced that it has suspended all flights at Damascus airport after the Israeli missile hit the south of the Syrian capital. The Syrian Ministry of Transport said that some technical devices and equipment went out of service at the airport. Though the Ministry has not mentioned any cause behind the malfunction. New dates of the flights will be announced once some technical issues are resolved and safety is ensured.

The pro-rebel Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the airport’s northern runway has been damaged due to the strikes on three warehouses of Iranian militias at the airport zone. The strikes also damaged the control tower inside the airport, the London-based watchdog said.

The northern runway was the only functional runway at the airport as southern one had been out of service following a round of Israeli strikes in 2021. As per the media reports, Israel launched airstrikes on sites south of Damascus around 4 am local time on Friday which injured one, the Syrian army said in a statement.

This is the third Israeli airstrike on what it calls Iranian sites inside Syria this week. Earlier this week, the Syrian and Russian war jets carried out military drills to strengthen the capability of the Syrian air force to intercept Israeli missiles.

first published:June 10, 2022, 7:46 p.m.

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