Syria: Aleppo airport reopens after 8 years

While government forces advance southwest of the city

18 February, 12:22

    BEIRUT - The international airport of Aleppo, in Syria, will reopen in coming days after an eight-year closure, said Syrian Transport Minister Ali Hammud, cited on Tuesday morning by Syrian state television.
    The reopening of the civilian airport will take place as government forces backed by Russian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces continue their offensive southwest of Aleppo against anti-regime militants backed by Turkey.
    The Syrian government's recent retaking of areas around Aleppo paved the way for flights to resume at the airport in the northern Syrian city.
    The first flight is scheduled for Wednesday morning to Damascus, with other flights planned for Cairo, Egypt.
    The city of Aleppo became a theatre of the Syrian war in the summer of 2012.
    Syrian government forces retook the eastern and central rebel-held districts only in 2016, following a long siege that caused devastating damage to infrastructure. The Aleppo airport is situated in the city's southeastern outskirts and the first tests for civilian flights took place in 2017.
    The Syrian government said the defeat and withdrawal of anti-regime groups ensures the security of arriving and departing flights.

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