Israel Suspected Of Destroying Syrian Air Base By Missile Attack From Sea

IsraelBusiness Insider – by MICHAEL KELLEY

A Syrian air base near the coastal area of Latakia sustained heavy damage late Wednesday night in a suspected missile attack from the sea, and all signs point to Israel.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported a loud explosion in a Syrian army base and a Syrian security official confirmed there was a strike.  

The Times of Israel cited Twitter users who said the blast occurred near Snobar Jableh, just south of Latakia.

The pro-regime Syrian news outlet Dam Press reported that the site was heavily damaged but there were no injuries.

Syrian, Lebanese, and Israeli news sources speculated that Israel carried out the strike from the Mediterranean. The subreddit r/syriancivilwar has a rundown of all of the reports.

Arutz Sheva sources in Syria and Lebanon blamed Israel for the strike.

The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post, citing satellite images obtained by Channel 2, reports that Russian-made Neva S-125 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles and SA-3 missile battery — which also includes a command center with radar and antennas to track the missiles and their targets — were seen in the area.

S-125 missiles have an operational range of up to 9 miles.

The Lebanese government news agency reported that six Israeli aircraft flew through Lebanese airspace along the coast north of Beirut on Wednesday.

The Twitter user @RamiAlLolah first reported that a strike had occurred, saying a missile from the sea was seen hitting the facility and noting Israeli jets had entered Lebanese airspace earlier in the day.

“During the night, we noticed much aircraft activity,” an eyewitness told a Lebanese Al-Mustaqbal news outlet. “At a certain point, we were woken up by the sound of blasts and we saw a large fire and many explosions at the agricultural institute. Military and security forces arrived at the scene, put out the flames, and closed off the entire area for kilometers.”

Israel has been suspected of bombing missile shipments suspected of reaching the Iranian proxy group Hezbollah in Lebanon at least five times since January.

Here’s a map of the entire region. The (A) indicates the port of Tartous, which is the site of Russia’s only remaining international military base outside of the former Soviet Union.

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3 thoughts on “Israel Suspected Of Destroying Syrian Air Base By Missile Attack From Sea

  1. certainly looks that way…..
    It’s the other way around……..
    Khazar should be the one
    with the e word given to it.
    Action too.
    That whole region could then calm itself…

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