By Nick Clark
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Israel goes on the offensive

It's the latest attack in the long-running proxy war
Issue 2809

Protesters outside the Israeli embassy in January (Guy Smallman)

Israel bombed Damascus airport near the capital of neighbouring Syria on Friday of last week—causing major and lasting damage.

The strike—just one of several hundred Israeli attacks on Syria since 2011—damaged the main runway, putting the whole airport out of operation. Israel launched the strike from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights—a piece of Syrian land it has occupied since invading in 1967.

The bombing is the latest attack on Syria in Israel’s low-key war against its rival Iran.

Iranian-backed forces entered Syria on the side of dictator Bashar al-Assad, after his counter revolution turned a democratic uprising into a civil war. The war became a site of competition between regional and global powers, each using various militant groups as proxies.

The bombing is an act of war and aggression, much like Russian airstrikes on Ukrainian airports and train stations. But it’s one the West—hypocritically—won’t condemn.

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