A new reportage from the Ash Sha’irat airbase, damaged with US missiles on Friday night, has been published online.
The Anna News information agency has published a video reportage, which allows seeing consequences of the US missile strike, carried out on the Ash Sha’irat airbase in the Syrian province of Homs from the Mediterranean Sea.
An agency’s reporter stressed that the pretext for the US strike was an alleged chemical attack, launched by Syrian government troops in Idlib province. He noted that Anna News has “reliable information” that the chemical attack was carried out by militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) terrorist group. In this way, according to the reporter, with its actions the US government had definitively put an end to the international law.
The footage shows wreckages of the MiG-23 fighter aircraft, which was in a hangar at the moment of the attack. As a military from the airbase told the reporter, all the strikes came through the hangar’s roof.
The reportage noted the fact that recently the US side was sure that chemical weapon is stored on the airbase. According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis, on April 4, Syrian aircraft departed from the Ash Sha’irat airbase and carried out the chemical attack in Idlib province. The journalist noted that the US Command deliberately chose targets for the attack and struck everything, where there could theoretically be chemical weapons. In this way, a warehouse with ammunition and a fuel storage facility were destroyed in the missile strikes.
The Syrian military told the journalist that if there were chemical weapon on the airbase that allegedly was used in the chemical attack on Idlib, all servicemen, who were on the site of the US strikes, would lose their lives. He noted that this is another proof that the chemical attack was not carried out by the Syrian forces.
The footage also allows seeing overturned and damaged vehicles, which, according to some observers, could be the Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and gun systems. However, after a detailed studying of the video, it became clear that the vehicles were equipped with not military chassis, so they could not be anti-aircraft systems. A Syrian military noted that the US strike destroyed all their positions, where air-to-air missiles were deployed, as well as all vehicles that were on the airbase. According to Syrian military personnel, working at the base, the missile strike lasted about 30 minutes.
The journalist pointed out that in total, seven soldiers and officers were killed in the strike, while 13 others were wounded. But despite this fact, the runway had been cleared from wreckage by Friday afternoon, and Syrian aircraft and helicopters continued to make combat sorties from the airbase.
The Syrian military noted that firing missiles on the airbase, the US had provided support to terrorists, as their missiles destroyed aircraft that carried out airstrikes against Syrian militants.