On March 21, the Israel Defense Forces shared details of an airstrike, which destroyed an alleged nuclear reactor under construction in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor back in 2007. This was the first time when Israel officially acknowledged carrying out the secret raid.
“During the night of September 5th and 6th, 2007, the Israeli Air Force destroyed a nuclear facility in its last stages of construction in the Deir ez-Zor region in Syria, 280 miles north-east of Damascus,” the military said in a press release. “Four F-16 jets eliminated a nuclear threat not only to Israel, but to the entire region.”
The attack was monitored from the aerial war room by all key political and military officials at the time, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
“Two fighter jets, F-16I and F-15I left the base at 10:30 pm and flew low to stay undetected. The whole operation took four hours,” the Israeli military noted claiming that the nuclear facility was “damaged beyond repair.”
“The operation was deemed a success by the Chief of the General Staff. The nuclear facility was destroyed and an escalation in the region prevented.”