The photo shows six to seven hits on the air base’s runway and access routes. Two of the base’s navigation systems were also destroyed in the strike, which took place on late on March 31.
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The Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) failed to repel the Israeli aerial attack, that was reportedly launched from Lebanon’s airspace. Nevertheless, work is underway to repair the air base.
According to ImageSat’s assessment, the strike was meant to knock the al-Sha’irat Air Base out of service, preventing the arrival of new weapon shipments from Iran. Al-Sha’irat and the nearby T4 Air Base received many cargo planes coming from Iran recently.
In the last few months, the Israeli military shifted its attention from southern Syria to the country’s central region. Most of the recent attacks were launched from Lebanon’s airspace. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has been operating freely over Lebanon since the 80s.
Unless the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) limits the IAF’s movement over Lebanon, the attacks on the central region will likely continue.