First Israeli air strike in Syria under new government

Syrian TV reports that Israel launched “barrages of missiles against Damascus International Airport and its environs,” Sunday night, killing two Syria servicemen. Both runways were damaged but would be reopened Monday morning, Syrian officials said. The Syrian London-based opposition’s added that parts of the airport were demolished in the attack, citing targets “associated with Hizballah and the pro-Iranian militias” in the southern outskirts of the capital. Syrian air defenses are said to have missed downing any of the projectiles.

Israel’s last purported air strikes in Syria were staged on Dec. 19 and 20, said to have targeted a Hizballah drone site outside the northwestern town of Homs.  The new raid was the first to be conducted by the Netanyahu government under incoming defense minister Yoav Galant.

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