Another day, another Israeli bomb explodes on a civilian target in Syria.
SANA, Syria’s state news agency, reported last week that Israel carried out its second attack on Aleppo airport—knocking it out of operations.
The missile attack came from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea in the early morning hours of Wednesday, one Syrian military source told the news outlet, according to AntiWar.com. There were no reports of casualties, but the airport suffered “material damage.”
The Israeli military declined to comment on the attack.
Israel sees these civilian airports as legitimate military targets because it is believed Iran is using these airports to support fighters in the country. Since 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria.
Two unnamed sources told Reuters that the most recent attack targeted an underground munitions depot linked to the nearby Nairab military airport, where Israel believes missile systems Iran have been held.
Zahra Ershadi, Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, told the Security Council on Thursday that international law prohibits the targeting of vital civilian infrastructure, yet the “Israeli regime continues to commit acts of aggression and terrorist attacks against Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by deliberately and systematically targeting its critical infrastructure.”
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on Israel’s not-so-clandestine war against Iran playing out in Syria. This latest bombing is the third attack in six months. (See “SYRIA SAYS ISRAEL LAUNCHED ATTACK ON ALEPPO AIRPORT” 7 Mar 2023, “TOP TREND 2023: MIDDLE EAST MELTDOWN” 3 Jan 2023, and “ISRAEL KEEPS BOMBING SYRIAN AIRPORTS, KILLS MORE TROOPS” 20 Sep 2022.)
Syria, one of the poorest countries on Earth, is still recovering from the major earthquake in February that killed at least 7,259 people in Syria. (Another 45,968 died in Turkey.) Hundreds of thousands have been left homeless.
“Israel bombed Aleppo International Airport in the early hours of the morning today,” one popular Twitter user posted. “This is Syria’s main hub for crucial earthquake aid deliveries. And the ‘civilized world’ barely blinks.”
Earlier last month, the UN issued a public rebuke of Israel for bombing the facility. Without mentioning the country by name, the statement read, “Attacks must never be directed against civilians or civilian objects. The humanitarian community has been responding to one of the worst crises that hit Syria since 6 February against the background of 12 years of conflict, economic decline, and a desperate humanitarian situation.”