The suspected Israeli airstrike early Tuesday left a number of craters on the airport runway, satellite images analyzed by The Associated Press confirmed Thursday.
For the reason that Feb. 6 earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria killing greater than 50,000 folks, together with over 6,000 in Syria, the airport has been a essential entry level for jets carrying support into the war-ton nation. Authorities stated after the strike that reduction flights had been diverted to airports in Damascus and Latakia.
The assault on Aleppo airport comes after Israel struck the airfield as a part of an Israeli marketing campaign to disrupt Iranian weapons transfers into Syria for Iran-backed teams — together with Lebanon’s Hezbollah. These assaults have continued regardless of ongoing political turmoil in Israel and as Iran’s nuclear program edges nearer to enriching weapons-grade ranges of uranium. Negotiations to restrict Iran’s nuclear functionality have fallen aside.
Israel has carried out lots of of strikes on targets inside government-controlled elements of Syria in recent times, together with assaults on the Damascus and Aleppo airports, however it hardly ever acknowledges or discusses the operations.
Aleppo’s airport, like many others in Center East nations, is a dual-use facility that features civilian and navy sides. Iran has been key in arming and supporting President Bashar Assad in his nation’s lengthy civil warfare.
On Wednesday, El-Mostafa Benlamlih, a U.N. official overseeing reduction efforts in Syria, requested that “all possible precautions” be taken “to spare civilians and civilian objects within the conduct of hostilities.”