The Israeli military had wiped out the Syrian air-defense base responsible for the April 22 missile incident, new satellite images revealed.
The base, which is located near the town of al-Dumayr around 35 km to the east of the capital, launched an S-200 anti-aircraft missile at Israeli warplanes that were going to launch airstrikes on the outskirts of Damascus early on April 22.
The Syrian missile missed its target but went on to land some 250 km deep in Israel, 40 km away from the Dimona nuclear reactor. The Israeli military attempted to intercept the missile. However, it ultimately failed. The advanced Israeli Arrow anti-missile system was blamed.
Satellite images released by the Aurora Intel account on Twitter revealed that the al-Dumayr base had been completely wiped out as a result of Israel’s retaliatory strikes.
Sat. imagery courtesy of @planetlabs at 3m/px shows what appears to be extensive strikes at the Al-Dumayr, #Syria SA5 (S200) Air Defense Site, #Syria which the #IDF struck in response to the SA5 missile striking southern #Israel last night. Video > gif due to quality. pic.twitter.com/TcYTu2F0At
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) April 22, 2021
The fairly large base used to host a complete Soviet-made S-200 long-range air-defense system as well as other high-value air-defense equipment.
Israel’s retaliatory strikes wounded four Syrian service members, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. Pro-government sources also revealed that an air-defense officer, 1st Lt. Bassel Khadur, was killed in the strikes.
The April 22 missile incident highlighted some real flows in Israel’s state-of-the-art, multi-tiered air-defense network. Many sources believe that what happened was not the result of chance.
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