Flames rise from Aleppo International Airport after a reported Israeli missile strike, March 7, 2023


Assad regime officials say an Israeli airstrike near the Aleppo airport in northwest Syria has caused “material damage” and again halted flights.

Two “regional intelligence sources” said the attack hit an Iranian arms depot at the nearby Nairab military airport, where missile systems delivered by several Iranian military planes are stored.

“Three Western intelligence sources” say Iran has increased deliveries in the past month, using the cover of cargo planes offloading relief aid after February’s earthquake across Turkey and northern Syria.

The strikes are the second near Aleppo airport this month and the third since August.


Assad regime media says Israel carried out rare daytime strikes on targets in northwestern Syria about 7:15 a.m. on Sunday.

A military official said three troops were injured amid “material damage”.

The strikes were on sites in the coastal Tartous Province and near Masyaf in Hama Province in northwest Syria.

The military did not acknowledge casualties, but a long-time observer said there were multiple injured, including a Lieutenant Colonel.

No specific targets were identified. However, the Scientific Studies and Research Center — the Assad regime’s organization for development of conventional and chemical weapons — is located near Masyaf.

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ORIGINAL ENTRY, MAR 7: Israel has reportedly struck Syria’s Aleppo International Airport in its latest missile attack on Assad regime and Iranian targets.

A regime military official said a runway was damaged early Tuesday morning, taking it out of service, by the “air attack from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia”.

The Transport Ministry said all scheduled flights are being rerouted to Damascus and Latakia.

Assad regime media did not refer to any military targets in Tuesday’s raid.

However, the airport hosts some of the regime’s advanced forces and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and the area also has facilities pursuing the development of conventional and chemical weapons.

Following standard practice, the Israel Defense Forces did not comment.

Israel has regularly struck the positions of the regime, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. The strikes have targeted Iran’s weapons supply to Hezbollah, and have expanded to support the demands of Israel’s politicians for an Iranian withdrawal from Syria.

On February 22, Israel targeted a meeting of Iranian and Assad regime officials, pursuing development of drone or missile capabilities, in Damascus.

A Syrian engineer and an Iranian official were reportedly among five people killed. Another 15 were wounded.

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Last month an Israeli strike, killing two regime troops, briefly put Damascus International Airport out of service.