Israeli missile attacks on Aleppo Airport in Syria

On Wednesday March 22nd Israel launched a missile attack against the airport in Aleppo, according to the Syrian defense ministry. This was the third attack by Israel in the last six months and the second this month, against the airport which according to The Associated Press (AP), plays a major role in the transport of humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquakes of February 6th, where more than 50,000 people in Turkey, Kurdistan and Syria, lost their lives.

Multiple missiles were launched against Aleppo Airport, at 3:55 am, on Wednesday. (Source: VK- Война Россия Украина новости СВО)

Earlier this month on the morning of Tuesday 7th an Israeli air attack damaged the runway of the airport, taking it out of service. This forced relief supplies heading to Aleppo to be rerouted.

This satellite picture shows the damage caused by the Israeli missile attack on Aleppo Airport in September 2022. (Source: Planet Labs PBC via AP)

Israel has not commented on any of the attacks, but several sources are attempting to legitimize them. It is usually claimed that the attacks are directed at military targets connected to Iran. An article from Reuters states the following regarding the attack on Wednesday: “Two regional intelligence sources said the strike hit an underground munitions depot linked to the nearby Nairab military airport, where missile systems delivered on several Iranian military planes had been stored.”

These claims do not erase the fact that this is bombings of an civilian airport. The real effect of these attacks is the prevention of necessary humanitarian aid to a region were the people still suffering from war, now have been hit by severe earthquakes.

We have previously written about the earthquakes and the atrocities of the Turkish state.

According to the United Nations, there are 7,259 confirmed deaths in Syria after the earthquake, and up to nine million people in northwest Syria have been affected. Aleppo was among the places affected by the earthquakes. According to reports more than 400 people died in Aleppo as a result of the earthquakes, including more than 150 children. Around 20,000 homes, a third of the houses in Aleppo, were damaged or affected. There are about 30,000 people living in shelters and almost 70,000 people who are without shelters.

Destruction in Jindires, Aleppo Governate, Syria (Source: Alaa Ealyawi – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)
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