Early on June 10, a new wave of Israeli airstrikes targeted the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
“At 4:20 am, the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression with a salvo of missile launched from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some positions to the south of Damascus city,” a Syrian military official told the state-run agency. “Our air defenses confronted the aggressor’s missiles and shot down most of them”.
The unnamed official added that the Israeli airstrikes wounded a civilian and caused some material losses, without elaborating.
A satellite image taken just a few hours after the airstrikes confirmed that the target was Damascus International Airport. The northern and southern runways of the airport were both struck. In a statement, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced the suspension of all flights from and to the airport for 48 hours. Some flights will be redirected to Aleppo International Airport.
satellite image of Damascus International Airport shows fresh impacts of airstrikes on both runways today pic.twitter.com/NCMS1KWsZL
— Samir (@obretix) June 10, 2022
Damascus International Airport was the target of a number of Israeli attacks in April and May. Israel claims that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been shipping advanced strategic weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon through the airport.
Israel ramped up its attacks on Syria this month. On June 6, a series of Israeli airstrikes targeted military positions near the town of al-Kiswah to the south of Damascus. On June 8, Israeli battle tanks advanced in the UN-monitored buffer zone in the governorate of al-Quneitra and opened fire at a military observation post near the town of al-Malgah.