Israel attacks Damascus and Aleppo airports – Syria state media

State media in Syria says Israel has targeted airports in its capital Damascus and the city of Aleppo.

State news agency Sana reported that “bursts of missiles” had led to damage to the airports’ landing strips and had put them out of service.

Local media also say that Syrian air defences were launched in response to the attacks.

The UK-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported several explosions in Aleppo.

The BBC has not been able to independently confirm the reported attacks.

The reported airstrikes come a day before the Iranian foreign minister was expected to visit Syria.

Both countries are avowed enemies of Israel, and Iran has long backed Hamas.

Israel frequently bombs targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, but rarely acknowledges the strikes.

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America’s top diplomat Antony Blinken continues his speech in Israel, standing side by side with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Anyone who wants peace and justice must condemn Hamas’ reign of terror,” Blinken says.

“Hamas has only one agenda – to destroy Israel and to murder Jews.”

However, he warns that precautions must be taken to avoid harming civilians of every nationality.

“That’s why it’s so important to take every possible precaution to avoid harming civilians, and that’s why we mourn the loss of every civilian life,” Blinken says, “civilians of every faith, every nationality have been killed.”

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