5 Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli attack on Damascus airport: report


Israel carries out rocket attacks on Syria’s international airport on Saturday. (representative)


Israel carried out an airstrike on Syria’s Damascus International Airport and other positions south of the capital, killing five soldiers and causing material damage, the defense ministry said early on Saturday.

Syrian air defenses intercepted the attack and managed to shoot down most of the missiles, the ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediate confirmation as to whether the strike had any impact on airport operations.

Israel has stepped up attacks on Syrian airports to disrupt Tehran’s increasing use of air supply lines to supply weapons to allies in Syria and Lebanon, including Hezbollah, regional diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters.

Tehran has adopted air transport as a more reliable means of transporting military equipment to its armed forces and allied fighters in Syria, following disruptions to ground transfers.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions have been left homeless since protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 turned into a civil war that attracted foreign powers and left Syria in zones of control.

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