Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International airport has been closed after Israeli warplanes hit the runway early Thursday morning. According to news wire sources, shells aimed at the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Lebanon’s capital hit the airport.
A shell hit the eastern runway—one of three the airport has early Thursday morning. A number of planes were diverted to Larnaca in Cyprus.
The airpiort in Beirut is the country’s only international facility.
Israel now intends to impose a sea and air blockade on Lebanon reported Israeli Army Radio and the Associated Press—having quoted a senior military official.