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Mezzeh Military Airport

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Airport type  Military
Location  Mezzeh, Damascus
Elevation AMSL  2,407 ft / 734 m
Address  Syria
Operator  Syrian Air Force
In use  Unknown-present
1  8,258
Owner  Syrian Armed Forces
Mezzeh Military Airport

Israel attack on mezzeh military airport near damascus 12 jan 2017


Mezzeh Military Airport (also spelled Mazzeh) is a Syrian Air Force installation located in Mezzeh, Damascus, Syria, south-west of the old centre of Damascus. It has one runway of 8258ft length, at elevation 2407ft. In mid-2013 the airport was described by the BBC as "an important strategic installation [which] plays a significant role in distributing the government's military supplies." Reuters reported in mid-2013 that it was "used by Syria's elite Republican Guards, Special Forces and Air Force Intelligence, [and] also serves as a private airport for the Assad family." It also said that during the Syrian civil war the base was "used to fire rockets and artillery at rebellious Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods on the edge of the capital."

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History

During World War II Mazzeh airport was a military base for the Vichy French airforce, which also permitted Germany to use its bases. On 19 May 1941 British aircraft attacked the airport, destroying some modern Potez 63 aircraft as well some older Potez 25 biplanes. After Syrian independence in 1946, Mazzeh became a base for the Syrian Air Force. "By the end of 1957 the SAF had two operational MiG-17 squadrons defending the capital from their base at al-Mezze near Damascus."

The airport was subject to an attack that was blamed on Israel by Syrian authorities on January 13, 2017.

References

Mezzeh Military Airport Wikipedia


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