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Israeli Air Force Destroyed Syrian Ammo Depots, Early Warning Network In Recent Airstrikes

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Israeli Air Force Destroyed Syrian Ammo Depots, Early Warning Network In Recent Airstrikes

Illustrative: An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet takes part in a graduation ceremony for IAF pilots at the Hatzerim base in Israel’s Negev desert on December 26, 2018. (Jack Guez/AFP)

On June 30, new details about the recent Israeli strikes on Syria, which took place on June 23 and 24, appeared online.

According to the Syria-based blog Within Syria, the airstrikes were a part of a “complex operation” that targeted sites in southeast, east and central Syria.

In the first stage of the operation, which took place late on June 23, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) snuck along the Syrian-Jordanian border. From there, they launched guided munitions at a newly-established Early Warning network of the Syrian Air Defense Force and Reconnaissance Directorate.

The guided munitions destroyed the network’s radars, which were stationed in the following areas:

  • Tell al-Sahun in eastern al-Suwayda;
  • Ghabagheb in western Deir Ezzor;
  • Al-Sukhnah in eastern Homs.

The Israeli pinpoint airstrikes killed two Syrian officers, who were operating the targeted radar, and injured at least two others.

After successfully destroying the early warning network, the IAF launched the second stage of its operation. Early on June 24, a second group of warplanes followed the same route along the Syrian-Jordanian border. However, this time they penetrated Syria’s airspace.

The warplanes launched guided munitions at ammo depots hidden in the following places:

  • The onion factory near the town of al-Salamiyah;
  • The cultural center in the town of Sabburah;
  • The forage factory near the town of Aqarib;
  • A military position near the town of Ithriyah.

The ammo depots, which were completely destroyed, were reportedly used by Iranian forces, the National Defense Forces as well as the Syrian Arab Army.

The report speculates that the operation was carried out by F-35 warplanes. At least 22 F-35s are in service with the IAF. However, there is no evidence to confirm that they carried out the recent airstrikes on Syria.

The complex operation, which demonstrated the IAF offensive capabilities, was apparently another military message to Syria and Iran. Despite such successes, Israeli actions will not likely lead to any changes whatsoever in the Syrian-Iranian cooperation, especially against Israel.

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