Beirut airport closed after Israeli strike

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.