Syria’s Aleppo international airport to re-open after 8 years closure


Syria’s Transportation Ministry announced Monday that the International airport of Aleppo will return to service on Feb. 19, as the army declared the city of Aleppo secure from rebels’ shelling.

In a statement, the ministry said that the first flight from Damascus to Aleppo will take off on Wednesday after the airport in Aleppo was forcefully closed in 2012 due to the rebels’ repetitive attacks.

Ali Hammoud, minister of transportation, said the airport is ready now and flights to Cairo and Damascus are scheduled for the coming few days. The Syrian army declared on Monday the capture of tens of villages and towns in the western and northwestern countryside of Aleppo, securing thus the provincial capital of Aleppo, which was subject to ongoing rebel attacks.

In a statement, the Syrian army said the military operation in western Aleppo was “precise and qualitative,” adding that the operation is ongoing.

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