Israel attacks Damascus airport, five soldiers killed, Syria says

Syrian air defences intercept the attack and manage to down most of the missiles

Damage at Damascus airport after Israeli airstrikes in June. — Reuters/File
Damage at Damascus airport after Israeli airstrikes in June. — Reuters/File

  • Syrian air defences intercept Israel attack.
  • They manage to down most of the missiles.
  • No confirmation if strike affected airport operations.

DAMASCUS: Israel carried out an airstrike on Syria's Damascus International airport and other positions south of the capital, killing five soldiers and causing material damages, the ministry of defence said early on Saturday.

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

There was no immediate confirmation if the strike has affected airport operations.

Israel has intensified strikes on Syrian airports to disrupt Tehran's increasing use of aerial supply lines to deliver arms 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 ferrying military equipment to its forces and allied fighters in Syria, following disruptions to ground transfers.

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