Posts Tagged ‘Al-Kiswa’

Syrian Army: Israel Strikes Near Damascus With Jets, Ground-to-ground Missiles Intercepted

January 9, 2018

Assad regime says air defense system intercepted Israeli missiles ■ Syrian opposition-affiliated media reports that four Israeli planes carried out attack on Assad regime arms depot through Lebanese airspace

By Amos Harel and Jack Khoury Jan 09, 2018 10:05 AM
Haaretz

An illustrative photo of smoke rising as Syrian forces battle opposition fighters in the rebel-held town of Harasta on the outskirts of Damascus, January 8, 2018.

An illustrative photo of smoke rising as Syrian forces battle opposition fighters in the rebel-held town of Harasta on the outskirts of Damascus, January 8, 2018. STRINGER/AFP
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Israel attacked an arms depot of a Syrian army military base near Damascus on Tuesday with jets and ground-to-ground missiles, the Syrian army confirmed. The Syrian army added that their air defense systems prevented three separate strikes, saying that the incident proves Israel’s support for anti-regime organizations. The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.

The Syrian opposition-affiliated Qasioun website reported that four Israeli planes carried out the attack on Al-Qutayfah, an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital, through Lebanese airspace. Eyewitnesses report that loud explosions were heard in the area, which is known to host weapons depots where Scud missiles are stored.

According to the Syrian military, several missiles were first launched at 2:40 A.M., followed by two more missiles at 3:04 A.M. and four at 4:14 A.M. The military said the Syrian air defense shot down one missile and the rest fell on one of the Syrian military sites, causing material damage.

On Sunday, the Israeli security cabinet convened for a long meeting on the situation on the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, expressed concerns over developments on the northern front amid Iran’s growing influence in the region. Israel is also concerned about the replenishment of the Assad regime’s missile arsenal, which was almost entirely used up fighting the rebels, and the establishment of Iranian weapons plants in Syria and Lebanon.

On December 2, Syrian state television reported that the Israeli Air Force struck a military base in city of Al-Kiswa, located some 13 kilometers south of Damascus. According to Assad-affiliated media reports, Israel targeted Iranian military bases in the area. Israeli officials declined to comment on the matter.

During that attack, Syria’s air-defense system fired missiles at Israeli aircraft, which reportedly launched the attack from Lebanese airspace.

Three days later, Israel reportedly struck another Assad regime military target near Damascus, foreign media reported. According to pro-Assad media reports, Syrian forces allegedly fired anti-aircraft missiles toward Israeli jets. One sucuh website wrote that the Israeli strikes targeted the Jamraya Research and Information Center, a security facility in a Damascus suburb.

The regime of President Bashar Assad has continued to regain control over areas of Syria near the Israeli border, despite counterattacks by Sunni rebels. This month an agreement was reached for the surrender and retreat of rebels in the enclave surrounding the village of Beit Jinn, some 11 kilometers east of the Golan Heights border.

Amos Harel
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.833841

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Israel Strikes “Scientific Military Facility” of Assad Regime in Syria, Foreign Media Reports

December 5, 2017

Syrian forces fire anti-aircraft missiles toward Israeli jets, according to pro-Assad media reports

By Jack Khoury
Haaretz
December 5, 2017

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Israeli forces reportedly struck an Assad regime military target near Damascus, foreign media reported. Syrian forces allegedly fired anti-aircraft missiles toward Israeli jets, pro-Assad media reported. This is the second reported Israeli strike in Syria in the past week.

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According to the pro-Assad Al-Mayadeen website, the Israeli strikes targeted the Jamraya Research and Information Center, a security facility in a Damascus suburb. Local residents reported hearing loud blasts. The Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar reported that Syrian forces intercepted three of the six missiles fired by Israel.

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The “scientific military facility” in Jamarya, a suburb northwest of Damascus, is known to Western intelligence agencies as a Syrian military complex where the Assad regime has developed missiles, rockets and apparently also non-conventional weapons.

 

Satellite images depicting the damage wreaked on the bombed Iranian military base in Syria surfaced on Monday, two days following the attack, which foreign media attributed to Israel.

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Media outlets affiliated with the Syrian regime said Israel Air Force jets fired missiles at the base overnight Friday, which was under construction and situated near Damascus, in the city of Al-Kiswa.
Details to follow

Jack Khoury
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.826824

Aftermath of Israeli Strike on Iranian Military Base in Syria Seen in Photos

December 4, 2017

Images of the base, near the capital Damascus, show the extent of the damage caused by Friday’s attack, which foreign reports have attributed to Israel

Haaretz
December 4, 2017; 7:02 PM

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria ImageSat International (ISI)

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Satellite images depicting the damage wreaked on the bombed Iranian military base in Syria surfaced on Monday, two days following the attack, which foreign media attributed to Israel.
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Media outlets affiliated with the Syrian regime said Israel Air Force jets fired missiles at the base overnight Friday, which was under construction and situated near Damascus, in the city of Al-Kiswa.

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria
A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaImageSat International (ISI)

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaImageSat International (ISI)

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

State television reported that the assault on the base caused damage, but did not result in any casualties. The report alleged that the attack was carried out from Lebanon.

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaImageSat International (ISI)

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaImageSat International (ISI)

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaImageSat International (ISI)

The newly revealed images show the damage caused to the military base, highlighting areas that were completely destroyed and that analysts presume were military barracks, weapons storage facilities and other sites.

Last month, the BBC cited a Western intelligence source saying that a permanent military base was being built in Syria by Iran near Al-Kiswa. Aerial imaging shows the site’s construction from January, May and October of this year, however, the BBC noted that it was impossible to “independently verify the purpose of the site” or “the presence of the Iranian military.”

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in SyriaHaaretz

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria — ImageSat International (ISI)
A satellite photo shows the extent of damage caused by the alleged Israeli strike on an Iranian military base in Syria

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Israel has repeatedly warned regional players as well as allies such as the U.S. of the possible repercussions the Middle East would have to suffer should Iran continue to militarily entrench itself in countries bordering the Jewish state.

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In a video released a day after the purported attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated the Israeli stance on Iran, saying that the country “will not allow  a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons.”

Photos may be seen more clearly at the source:

Haaretz
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