A series of strikes hit Damascus International Airport on November 26, knocking it out of service just a day after its resumed operations.
Israel was behind the strikes, according to the Syrian Al-Watan newspaper, which said that all flights destined to Damascus were rescheduled to airports in Lattakia and Aleppo. There was no imminent comment from the Syrian Ministry of Defense.
Video footage posted on social media showed several clouds of smoke rising from the main runway of Damascus Insertional Airport.
Meanwhile, Syrian activists said that air defenses deployed at Mezzeh Military Airport in the southwestern outskirts of Damascus were struck just a few minutes earlier. Photos from the scene showed the aftermath of a large blast at the military airport.
There were also reports of Syrian air defenses firing at targets over Damascus and nearby areas more than half an hour after the attack.
Just a day earlier, Damascus International Airport resumed operation following a long pause forced by Israeli strikes that took place on October 22. Two civilian workers were killed back then. No casualties were however reported after the latest attack.
Israel escalated its attacks on Syria significantly since the outbreak of the war with the Hamas Movement and other Palestinian armed factions in the Gaza Strip.
Several waves of strikes attributed to Israel have hit not only Damascus, but also Aleppo International Airport. In addition, the Israeli military struck southern Syria more than once in response to rocket attacks that targeted the occupied Golan Heights.
Syria has largely refrained from responding to Israel’s repeated attacks over the past decade in an apparent attempt to avoid a dangerous confrontation.