The Israeli media reported on Tuesday that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range missiles and showed satellite images allegedly depicting the site under construction. The images show an alleged missile factory near Baniyas that appears to be identical to Iranian factories built in Tehran.
The construction on the site allegedlystarted last year and is expected to be finished by the end of 2017.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Iran was strengthening its foothold in Syria as ISIS was losing ground in the country. He added that Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat.
“Our policy is clear: We vehemently oppose the military buildup by Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria and we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security,” Netanyahu said.
The Israeli company ImageSat International released images that it said show factories “with great similarity to missile factories in Iran”: