Images reveal results of Israeli strike on Syria's Latakia
Imagesat International ISI
Israeli air strikes that caused a brief military spat with Russia late Monday completely destroyed an ammunition storage depot near the Syrian city of Latakia, new satellite images reveal.
After a Russian military plane carrying 15 servicemen was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire trying to repel the Israeli assault, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a rare statement confirming they struck a Syrian military facility “from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
Images released Wednesday by ImageSat International ISI show a 155 meter x 35 meter warehouse on the outskirts of government-held Latakia in ruins.
The IDF said the weapons purportedly stored at the facility “were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it.”
Israel has carried out some 200 such strikes in Syrian territory in recent years, the country’s intelligence minister admitted earlier this month.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin by phone on Tuesday his forces would keep acting against Iran’s military expansion in Syria.
"Israel is determined to stop Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, and the attempts by Iran, which calls for the destruction of Israel, to transfer to Hezbollah lethal weaponry (to be used) against Israel," said Netanyahu.
However following anger among Russia's military brass and threats of "retaliation", Putin "reminded" Netanyahu that such operations "violated Syrian sovereignty" and said "agreements around the prevention of dangerous incidents were not observed,” according to the Kremlin.
ISI also released new imagery of a reported Israeli strike on Saturday that targeted cargo recently arrived on a flight from Tehran.
The image shows damage on the airport apron next to a Boeing 747 identified by flight tracking data as belonging to Saha Airlines, widely believed to be a front company for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
The imagery confirms details of a similar satellite picture provided to i24NEWS Monday by Planet Labs Inc, a US-based company.
There have been around 187 cargo flights between Iran and Damascus over the past year that are suspected by Israel and the US to be supplying weapons to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, data shared with i24NEWS shows.
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