The Turkish strike on an alleged chemical facility in southern Aleppo last month was a complete and utter failure, satellite images released by Obretix, a defense observer, on March 7 revealed.
On February 29, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced the destruction of the “chemical warfare facility” and released a video of the alleged strike.
The target in the Turkish footage was identified as the al-Safirah defense factories. The complex indeed used to house chemical weapons facilities. However, they were destroyed in 2013 by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as a part of a deal brokered by Russia.
Now, the al-Safirah defense factories are developing and producing conventional ammunition for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
Obretix’ images show that the projectiles fired by the Turkish military fell short of some hangars in al-Safirah, without causing notable damage what so ever.
— Samir (@obretix) March 7, 2020
Turkish sources claimed that T-300 Kasırga heavy multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), which were deployed in southern Turkey last month, carried out the failed strike.
Over the last few weeks, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense was accused of exaggerating the losses of the SAA and sharing false materials on numerous occasions. The strike on the Syrian “chemical facility” is a perfect example of these practices.