Israeli-hit Damascus airport to reopen on Thursday

Damascus International Airport
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DAMASCUS — Damascus International Airport is due to reopen on Thursday, almost two weeks after Israeli air strikes rendered its runways unusable, the Syrian transport ministry said.اضافة اعلان

The Syrian authorities had to suspend flights and undertake major repairs after Israeli air strikes on June 10 had damaged the runways, the control tower, reception rooms, and hangars.

“Damascus International Airport is back in service as of tomorrow,” the Syrian transport ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Israeli bombing had caused extensive damage caused to civilian and military runways, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes against its northern neighbor.

Russia’s military intervention in 2015 helped turn the war in favor of Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad.

The conflict has claimed the lives of nearly half a million people and forced around half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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