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Israel strikes Damascus, Aleppo airports: Syrian state TV

Syria’s state television said Israel launched attacks on the main airports in the capital Damascus and the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday.

Local media channel Sham FM said Syrian air defenses were launched in response to both attacks.

It said there had been damage but no casualties at the Aleppo airport, but did not give any information on the impact of the strike on Damascus Airport.

The Israeli military does not usually comment on such incidents, and there was no immediate statement from it on Thursday.

Israel has for years carried out strikes against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, including against the Aleppo and Damascus airports.

Sources have said strikes on the airports are intended to disrupt Iranian supply lines to Syria, where Tehran's influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.

The attacks came a day before Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, was due to visit Syria.

On Thursday, technical teams were out determine the extent of damage at both sites, Syria’s transport ministry said.

The strikes on the two airports come amid the operation which Israel launched on the Gaza Strip following Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Israeli troops fired artillery and mortar shells toward Syria after a number of shells launched from its northern neighbor landed in open areas on Israeli territory.

The escalating situation in Gaza and border tensions with Lebanon where Israel traded cross-border salvoes with Hezbollah have raised fears the violence could lead to a wider war.

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