The satellite images revealed that the main target of the Israeli airstrikes was a complex located in the southwestern outskirts of the town of Masyaf in the western countryside of Hama. The complex, which was built on the foot of a rocky hill, is connected to two tunnels. According to the images, the airstrikes completely wiped out the fortified complex.
The same complex was the target of a series of Israeli airstrikes on 5 September 2018. Back then, it sustained heavy damage. However, it was rebuilt.
The complex is located just a few kilometers to the south from three facilities of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) and the Defense Factories, which were the target of an Israeli attack on April 9.
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According to a recent report by the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Syrian air defense systems shot down 16 of 22 guided missiles Israeli fighter jets launched during the attack on the complex. An Israeli drone was also shot down while taking part in the attack.
The Israeli attack on Syria claimed the lives of three air defense servicemen and two civilian workers of the SSRC. Two soldiers were also wounded as a result of the attack along with five civilians, including a little girl.
The attack was a apart of “War-Between-Wars” campaign, which is meant to hinder Iranian entrenchment in Syria and prevent the transfer of advanced Iranian-made weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
It’s worth noting that Israel is currently conducting its largest military exercise in decades. Thousands of troops are taking part in the exercise, codenamed “chariots of fire,” that simulates a multifront and multidimensional war against Israel’s enemies in the air, at sea, on land and on the cyber front