by: Kate Norman
Monday, 14 September 2020 | An air strike in Syria on Friday that was attributed to Israel targeted a missile production factory, according to satellite images published by an Israeli intelligence firm.
“The attack intended to weaken the missile production in Syria, probably for [Hezbollah], by harming its crucial elements,” ImageSat International assessed.
The intel firm published satellite photos showing before and after images of a missile production site near Aleppo in northeastern Syria. The images show two buildings before the strike, and after, one of the buildings, “which probably contained explosives,” according to ImageSat, was completely destroyed while the other was damaged.
“These structures played a significant part in the missile production at Al-Safirah Missile Factory,” ImageSat asserted.
After the attack on Friday, Syrian state-affiliated SANA news reported that the Syrian military intercepted the incoming Israeli missiles—an often-repeated and empty claim by the regime to save face. As shown by the satellite images, the military sites were clearly damaged, meaning Syria’s impenetrable defense was in fact penetrated.
Israel, in keeping with its policy, has not commented on its involvement in the air strikes. However, Israeli leaders have over the years acknowledged conducting hundreds of strikes in war-torn Syria since 2011 to prevent Iran and its terror proxies from entrenching in the region and establishing launching pads for attacks on the Jewish state. In the past, strikes attributed to Israel have hit weapons shipments (often bound for Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah), weapons manufacturing sites and other terror targets.
Friday’s air strikes were the latest in a series over the past few weeks attributed to Israel, targeting Syrian military and Iranian-backed terror targets.
Posted on September 14, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 14, 2020)
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