Syria accuses Israel of attacking Damascus airport

The Syrian anti-aircraft defense shot down most of the missiles during the attack, which left five soldiers dead and material damage.

Five Syrian soldiers died on Saturday (09.17.2022) due to the explosion of several missiles launched by Israel against the Damascus international airport and an area in the south of the Syrian capital, a military source reported to the state agency SANA.

The source added in a statement that around 00:45 local time this Saturday (21:45 GMT), “the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial attack with rockets from the northeast direction of Lake Tiberias, targeting Damascus International Airport. and some points south of the city of Damascus”.

Syrian air defense means shot down most of the missiles, according to the military source quoted by SANA, but others caused the death of five soldiers and some material losses.

For its part, the NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that the Israeli missiles were aimed at “positions” in the Al Ghasula farms, near the Damascus airport, and the vicinity of Sayeda Zainab and Al Kiswa, to the south. from the capital, where “there are militiamen loyal to Iran”.

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The NGO, based in London and a wide network of collaborators in Syria, stressed that this is the twenty-fifth Israeli attack so far this year against Syrian territory, including the one that on the 6th targeted the Syrian international airport. Aleppo, in the northwest of the Arab country.

That was the second against the Aleppo airport in a week, and caused damage to its runway, for which the Syrian authorities had to suspend operations for three days.

Israel regularly launches this type of action against the neighboring country, where it considers the presence of pro-Iranian and Lebanese armed groups allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be a threat to its security.

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