The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lost at least one Maysalun heavy artillery rocket launcher as a result of the recent Israeli airstrikes on the town of Umm Haratayn in northern Hama, a photo released by pro-government activists on April 13 revealed.
Despite the low quality of the photo, the base of the launch rail, the back stairs and the hydraulic outriggers stabilizers can be seen in the remains of the rocket launcher.
Maysalun is a Syrian-made variant of the Iranian Zelzal-2 unguided long-range artillery rocket. The rocket has a range of 210km and a heavy high-explosive (HE) warhead. Israeli sources had accused Iran and Syria of installing guidance systems in these types of rockets, effectively converting them into precision-guided rockets.
While the rocket launcher was destroyed in Umm Haratayn, the new Israeli attack was focused on the town of Masyaf in western Hama. According to RT, Israeli warplanes destroyed the College of Management, the Scientific Research center and the Accounting School in the town. More than 23 people, including 3 Syrian service members, were injured as a result.
According to the available information, Israeli warplanes launched stand-off munitions at their targets from Lebanon airspace. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has launched multiple attacks on Syria in the same way since 2011.