Dr Mike Evans

Iran stops most flights to Syria after Israeli airstrikes

Two of Iran’s main airlines have stopped flights to Syria over reported airstrikes by Israel.

Iran’s Caspian Air and Qeshm Fars Air have stopped flights to Syria following strikes at the Damascus International Airport in June that left its runways closed for weeks.

Iran International said that the only Iranian airline flying to Syria is now Mahan Air, a company sanctioned by the U.S. since 2011 for transporting weapons to Iranian proxies, according to the Jerusalem Post. Most of its flights are landing in Aleppo.

The report comes as tensions continue to increase between Israel and Iran, as well as with Syria. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden made his first visit to Israel as president where he signed the Jerusalem Proclamation with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid that vowed to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Shortly after the event, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Iran to meet with leaders regarding peace in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also traveled for the meetings.

Israel’s reported attacks have occurred in response to weapons in Syria that could be used against them by Iranian proxies. Israel also continues to warn Iran against developing nuclear weapons.

In addition, Western leaders have sought to restart a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran since last year. The efforts have stalled in recent weeks, however, with no expectation that the deal will be approved by all parties involved.

The 2015 deal ended in 2018 when then-President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out after multiple violations by Iran.

The reports in Syria also come as Israel prepares to hold its fifth national election in three and a half years following the dissolving of the Knesset in recent weeks. The election, scheduled for November, could see former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a comeback campaign that will face Interim Prime Minister Lapid and others in the battle for a majority in the Knesset.