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Satellite imagery of Israeli airstrike at Damascus airport released




Damascus Airport Outline of Strikes.jpgOn May 15, Channel 2 (Israel) released a couple of satellite images of the alleged Israeli airstrike at Damascus International Airport on May 3. The released images show that at least two locations were struck in the attack, which reportedly targeted Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles from Iran.

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The areas in question, which are on opposite sides of the airport complex, appear to have been completely destroyed in the attacks, according to the images dated May 6. Satellite images of the attack near the Scientific Studies and Research Center (Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques) in Jamraya on May 4 have not yet been released.

The release of the images from the airport in Damascus came on the same day that a senior Israeli official warned that Israel was considering additional strikes against advance weapons systems inside Syria. "Israel is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. The transfer of such weapons to Hezbollah will destabilize and endanger the entire region," an Israeli official told the New York Times.

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Since the start of the uprising against the Assad regime, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has conducted at least three airstrikes in Syria, two of which were carried out earlier in May.

In late January, the IAF reportedly struck targets near the Scientific Studies and Research Center (Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques) in Jamraya. According to reports, the IAF targeted a weapons convoy, which included Russian-made SA-17 antiaircraft missiles, near the facility. Like the strike that occurred at Damascus International Airport in May, the January attack was reportedly carried out by Israeli aircraft that never actually entered Syrian air space.

While some reports of the January strike suggested that the SSRC facility itself was targeted and "flattened," satellite imagery released on Feb. 6 revealed that the facility, known for its ties to Syria's chemical weapons program, was relatively unscathed. The images did show a burnt road near the facility, possibly indicating the location of the Syrian weapons convoy when it was hit, however.

Although Israeli officials have not taken official responsibility for any the alleged strikes, they have repeatedly warned that they are prepared to act in Syria to prevent Hezbollah and other terror groups from obtaining advanced weaponry. In a recent interview with the BBC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We are prepared to defend ourselves if the need arises and I think people know that what I say is both measured and serious."



READER COMMENTS: "Satellite imagery of Israeli airstrike at Damascus airport released"

Posted by mike merlo at May 17, 2013 12:13 PM ET:

good for the Israeli's

Posted by pre-Boomer Marine brat at May 17, 2013 8:18 PM ET:

On the top image/pair -- are the years transposed?

It's the same in the Israeli TV video.

Posted by jimbomo at May 17, 2013 11:57 PM ET:

Wow, I had no idea the strikes were so close the main passenger terminal.

1. Boy, those Syrians sure are good at cleaning up - lots of practice I guess, just like Basher :-) The bldg remains are completely gone, clean down to the slabs; some charring in photo 2 ;

2. Given the witness reports re: # , size, duration of explosions, I would have expected to see a lot more collateral damage. A little roof/wall damage to adjacent bldgs in photo 2.

Posted by DanL60 at May 18, 2013 8:56 AM ET:

Where did the Syrian Air Force go? DO they not have a functioning tactical radar net anymore?

Is it the Syrian govt or is it the rebels that are trying to ship arms to Hezbollah?

Posted by sundoesntrise at May 21, 2013 4:24 AM ET:

The upper tier of the Syrian govt. leadership specifically tells their men to stand down whenever Israel strikes. They did the same thing in 2007 that they have done in 2013.

Assad knows for an absolute fact that if he retaliates directly against Israel, his regime will no longer exist. Assad has used the whole 'resistance' theme as a cover to keep his family rule going and suppress his people under the pretext of being "anti Zionist", and it's really too bad that the people who support Assad are too dumb/misinformed to see this inconvenient truth.