(photo credit: IMAGESAT INTERNATIONAL (ISI))
Satellite images of an Iranian weapons storehouse outside Damascus showed significant damage done to the site following Israeli airstrikes against Iranian targets earlier in the week.
The images, taken by ImageSat International (ISI), showed the complete destruction of the 60x15 meter storehouse which supposedly held Fajr-5 missiles at an Iranian base in the Syrian regime’s 4th Division camp in the area of al-Muna.
The Fajr-5 missile, which can be launched from a mobile platform, has a reported range of 75 km. According to ISI, the site struck by the IAF was around 40 km. from Israel.
The Israeli strikes on Tuesday beginning around 10 p.m. struck several locations in addition to the storehouse outside the capital, including military positions located in the suburbs of Damascus; air defense facilities and headquarters of the 68th Brigade and the 137th Brigade of the Syrian Army in the capital; and military Unit 10 in the district of Qatana.
Syrian state media said the strikes were carried out from Lebanese airspace and that a number of “hostile targets” were intercepted by its S-200 air defense system. Israel’s air defense system was also activated, with a smoke trail seen from Hadera south of Haifa. There were no reports of injuries or damage to Israel.
Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing Iranian presence on its borders and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon from Tehran via Syria, stressing that both are redlines for the Jewish State.
Working to prevent the entrenchment of Iranian forces and the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the IAF has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria this year.
The alleged attack came a week after the White House announced that American troops would withdraw from eastern Syria. Following the announcement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would expand military operations against Iran following the withdrawal.
Israel has been “managing a campaign against Iranian forces, especially on Israel’s northern border” for the past two years, IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said in late May, just weeks after the IAF carried out its most extensive operation in Syria since 1974, striking more than 50 Iranian targets following a missile barrage of 32 Fajr-5 and Grad missiles towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights.
In an operation called “House of Cards,” dozens of positions and targets belonging to the IRGC’s Quds Force in Syria – including the launcher used to fire the rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights – were destroyed within 90 minutes by the IAF along with the Northern Command.
Despite destroying a large amount of Iranian military hardware in the war-torn country, a senior IAF officer said that Iran still has long-range capabilities to strike Israel, which has continued to strike targets in Syria.
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