Satellite images show damage to Damascus airport runways by alleged Israeli strike

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Newly released satellite imagery shows damage to the runways at Syria’s Damascus International Airport following an airstrike attributed to Israel early this morning.

Syria’s state-run news agency SANA has said two Syrian soldiers were killed in the airstrikes targeting the airport.

According to an official notice sent by Syrian aviation authorities, one runway at Damascus airport remains unusable, while the second has been shortened by 500 meters as a result of the strike — preventing large planes from landing.

The new imagery shows that one runway appears to have been struck multiple times, while the other was targeted with a single missile.

Generally, relatively large weapons are thought to be smuggled via Syria on Iranian cargo airlines, which frequently land at the Damascus airport.

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