Alleged Israeli airstrikes target Aleppo, Damascus within an hour

This is the first alleged Israeli airstrike to target the Aleppo airport since 2019.

 Smoke rises from shelling on the road to Aleppo international airport. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)
Smoke rises from shelling on the road to Aleppo international airport.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah)

Alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted the international airport in Aleppo in northern Syria and sites near Damascus on Wednesday evening, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

The state news agency claimed that only material damage was caused in the strikes in Aleppo.

According to Syrian reports, air defense systems near Latakia, located southwest of Aleppo, were activated in an attempt to intercept the missiles headed towards Aleppo.

Shortly after the strike in Aleppo, alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted sites near Damascus, with Syrian air defenses activated over the capital in an attempt to intercept the incoming missiles, according to Syrian reports.

The strikes targeted sites near the Damascus International Airport, the Damascus-Daraa highway and al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, according to the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV. SANA reported that the strikes caused only material damage.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

Airstrike comes less than a week after last alleged Israeli airstrike

The airstrikes come less than a week after alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in Masyaf, located southwest of Aleppo.  Two civilians were reportedly injured in the strikes and material damage was caused. The strikes sparked a number of fires.

Satellite imagery from Planet showed large areas around the SSRC in Masyaf damaged by fires. According to Syrian reports, secondary explosions continued for hours after the strikes along with blazes caused by the strikes. Local residents were reportedly instructed to shelter in place until the fires were brought under control.

While a number of alleged Israeli airstrikes have targeted sites near Aleppo in recent years, the last alleged Israeli airstrike that targeted the airport was reported in 2019.

Earlier this year, after alleged Israeli airstrikes destroyed runways at the Damascus International Airport, Iranian airlines suspected of smuggling weapons and equipment to Iran-backed militias in Syria and Lebanon reportedly began landing in Aleppo instead of Damascus.

Airstrikes come shortly after Lapid speaks with Biden on Iran nuclear talks

The airstrikes also came just hours after Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke with US President Joe Biden about the continuing efforts by the US, EU and Iran to return to the JCPOA nuclear deal. During the conversation, Lapid welcomed recent US strikes on Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria.