The Israeli company ImageSat, which is the operator observation satellite Eros-B, Sunday, September 10, published the results of surveys of the territory around the city Masyaf (province of Hama, Western Syria) before and after missile attack on military object, which, according to the Syrian opposition and Western experts, develops and manufactures chemical and biological weapons, writes the Times of Israel.
The satellite images released Image, shown damaged buildings on the territory of a military facility located a few kilometers East of Masyaf. In one of the photos clearly shows that only in 10-15 km from this object’s base is located where you installed Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400.
ImageSat also notes that about 15 km West from the location of the s-400 the Iranians are building a factory on manufacture of rockets of a class «earth-earth».
Attack on a military plant in the province of Hama (Syria) 7 Sep 2017
According to the command of the Syrian army, September 7, 2017 at 2:42 of Lebanese airspace by Israeli aircraft fired several missiles at the facility, located near Masyaf. As a result of air attack, two soldiers were killed, caused considerable damage. Information about the enterprise was not published.
One of the first Israeli air strike on a company in the West of Syria said in a Twitter expert-Arabist Charles Lister, who is considered a leading expert on Syria. He wrote: «That night, Israel destroyed the Syrian enterprise «al-tal», involved in the production of chemical weapons SSRC in an airstrike East of Masyaf, Hama province».
Based on the available information, the target of the attack was the Syrian scientific research center (Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, SSRC), where, with the assistance of Iranian specialists, was designed not only chemical but also biological weapons.
This was the first report on the IDF’s strike on targets in Syria since the beginning of July, 2017, after entry into force of the agreement on a ceasefire in the Syrian areas of de-escalation.
Masyaf is a few dozen kilometers from the port of Tartus, where the Russian naval base, and airbase Hamim, where Russian military aircraft, for safety involving air defense system s-300 and s-400.
As of September 10, neither the United Nations nor Russia made any statement about the missile strike on military facility outside of Masyaf.
On the eve of the Syrian leadership sent letters to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and the President of the UN security Council that called on to condemn Israel’s actions and put an end to «blatant Israeli aggression» in connection with the attack on the enterprise in the province of Hama, which killed two soldiers and caused considerable damage.
The Syrian foreign Ministry declares that the position of the UN security Council not to impose any sanctions on Israel, is unacceptable. At the same time Damascus has refrained from any criticism towards Moscow.
Official Jerusalem has refrained from comments. Israel did not take responsibility for the airstrike.
The Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on 7 September, the radio station 100 FM, commenting on foreign media about the air strike by the Israeli air force on the Syrian military plant, said that in Syria every day something explodes and someone dies. «This is an internal Syrian problems,» he said, stressing that Israel is not looking for adventures and he doesn’t want a war with Syria. «However, we are determined not to give our enemy opportunity and even a hint of an opportunity to harm the security of Israel and its inhabitants. We will do everything to prevent the establishment of Shia corridor between Tehran and Damascus,» said Lieberman.
Condemning the actions of the Israeli military were made by Tehran. The leadership of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas has stated that it condemns any aggression against an Arab Muslim state. But the diplomatic offices of the vast majority of influential Arab countries prefer to refrain from making any comments.
Noteworthy is the position of the Human rights organization Human Rights Watch and its leader Kenneth Roth. HRW also does not comment on the strike at the plant near Masyaf. Meanwhile, Roth was said that this plant made chemical weapons. According to the head of the Geneva non-governmental organization UN Watch Hillel Neuer, the head of HRW was simply obliged to thank Israel for destroying this plant, writes the Algemeiner.
Strikes on Syria in the years 2013-2017, carried out by the IDF or attributed to the Israeli army
7 Sep. Attacked the facility near the town of Masyaf. Syrian opposition sources claim that the Israeli air force destroyed the factory where he developed chemical and biological weapons.
July 2. The IDF struck the artillery positions of the Syrian army in the Northern part of the Golan heights. The attack was a response to a mortar attack on Golan heights.
30 June. IDF air force struck back at the firing point, where was the mortar shelling of the Golan heights.
28 Jun. In response to the fall of mortar shells in the Golan, the IDF fired at the firing point of the Syrian army.
June 26. The IDF struck back at Syrian army positions after the regular mortar attacks on Israeli territory in the Golan heights.
25 Jun. In response to the fall of mortar shells at Israeli territory in the Golan heights, the IDF launched a series of strikes on the positions of Assad’s army.
24 Jun. In response to the fall of mortar shells in the territory of the Golan heights, the IDF attacked a Syrian army position.
May 27. Struck at targets to the North of Quneitra. There are killed. Syrian opposition media claim that we are talking about the attack Israeli UAVs. Hizbullah denies.
27 APR. Powerful explosions near the airport of Damascus. The Syrian opposition claims about the impact of the IDF. Destroyed the warehouses of Hizbullah.
23 APR. «Al-Jazeera» claims that the IDF air force attacked targets in Syria. Damascus said three of the dead militants in the area of Quneitra.
21 APR. The IDF struck Syrian army positions in response to mortar attacks on Israeli territory.
7 APR. Syrian opposition media claim that the Israeli air force struck blows to objects «Hezbollah» in the mountains Kalamun, in the area of Jarud al-Mar and also about the settlement of fleet.
6 APR. Syrian opposition media claim that the Israeli air force struck blows to objects of Hizbullah and Assad army in the area of the mountain range Kalamun and near Durham.
22 Mar. Syrian opposition media claim that the Israeli air force bombed targets in and around Damascus.
19 Mar. According to Arab media, in the evening, the Israeli air force struck at targets near Quneitra, destroying the car, which was one of the leaders of the group of «Forces for the defence of the Fatherland.» It was also reported that later that evening was struck at targets in and around the mountain massif of Kalamun, where they were attacked by air defense batteries and the position of Hizbullah.
March 17. The IDF reported the strikes on several targets in Syria. According to Arab media, the target of the attack was the warehouse of rocket arms «Hezbollah». Syrian air defenses used against Israeli aircraft, the s-200. One of the Syrian missiles were shot down missile defense system «Arrow». None of the Israelis were not injured.
22 Feb. Inflicted air strike on targets in the area of al-CTYPE.
13 Jan. Struck at a military airfield Mezza and several targets in the vicinity of Damascus.
7 Dec. Attacked an object in the center of a military airfield in Damascus. According to reports in Arab media, to attack the Israeli military used missiles «ground-ground».
6 Dec. The blow struck by object «Hezbollah» in the town of Eze-Zabadani.
30 Nov. Attacked the convoy in the Damascus area. The strike was also to strengthen the army of Assad in the Syrian capital.
On 28 November, IDF air force attacked a site of the organization «Islamic state» on Syrian territory. The strike had been an abandoned building, previously owned by the UN, which the terrorists used to fire at IDF soldiers.
27 Nov. Israeli soldiers opened fire on targets in Syria after the shelling, soldiers, patrolling the border in the South-Eastern part of the Golan heights and the fall of three mortar shells at Israeli territory. IDF air force destroyed a vehicle of the terrorists fired on soldiers, four militants of the group «Shuhada al-Yarmouk» killed.
9 Nov. The IDF attacked the Syrian artillery battery. The strike came in response to the rupture of the mortar shells in Israeli territory.
14 Sep. Air force of the Israel defense forces struck targets in Syria. The actions of the Israeli air force were a response to mortar attacks on Israeli territory.
13 Sep. In response to mortar fire into Israel IDF air force attacked artillery battery of the Syrian army. Syrian air defenses fired two missiles at Israeli planes.
10 Sep. IDF air force attacked the artillery positions of the Syrian army in response to the shelling of Israeli territory.
8 Sep. IDF air force attacked a mortar position of the Syrian army. The airstrike was a response to the shelling of Israeli territory.
4 Sep. In response to mortar fire, the IDF struck Syria. The aim of the attack was the firing point of artillery of the Syrian army.
22 Aug. In response to a mortar attack on the IDF air force struck at Syrian army positions in the Central part of the Golan heights.
3 Aug. Arab sources report that in the area Marba, North of Damascus, IDF air force planes attacked a convoy of Hizbullah carrying weapons.
July 20. The Qatari channel «al Jazeera» reported that Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian police building in Quneitra, the headquarters of the Baath party and other purposes. The IDF has not commented.
July 6. Helicopter shelled Quneitra. In publications of some Syrian media, it was stated that the attack was carried out by the Israeli military.
July 4. The Israeli military attacked a Syrian army position near the Israeli border after the attack near the border fence. Information about damage or casualties there. The fact of the strike, the IDF officially announced.
19 Jun. The SOHR, citing Syrian opposition reports that the IDF force West of Daraa destroyed the installation of air defenses that the militants «Islamic front» captured from the regular Syrian army.
June 4. Inflicted air strike on the basis of air defense in the area Sensara, South of HOMS. The media attributed the attack to the Israeli air force. Damascus has refrained from commenting.
May 11. In the area of Damascus international airport as a result of explosion killed the head of intelligence services of «Hezbollah» Mustafa Badr al-DIN. Media Hizbullah initially accused Israel of carrying out this attack, but later the «Hezbollah» has declared that the death of Badr al-DIN and his assistants was the result of artillery bombardment carried out by Syrian opposition. Military experts expressed doubts about the official version, voiced by «Party of Allah».
18 Feb. SOHR reports that the Israeli military fired three missiles at a target on the highway Damascus-Daraa.
9 Feb. «Al-Jazeera» reports that the IDF air force attacked militants of «Hezbollah» on the highway Damascus-HOMS.
26 Dec. Syrian media reported that Israeli air force attacked seven targets in the mountains kalamun. It is argued that strikes on targets of the militants «Hezbollah».
20 Dec. In the area Jarman (South of Damascus) in the airstrike destroyed the building, killing at least 9 people, the commanders and fighters of Hizbullah. Among those killed was Samir Kuntar, who headed the actions of the militants «Hezbollah» in the Syrian part of the Golan heights, and field commander Farhan Shaalan.
4 Dec. Air strike at the convoy of trucks carrying missiles in the al-Cutify to the North of Damascus.
29 Nov. Air strike on positions of the Syrian army and Hizbullah in the border area of Kalamun.
23 Nov. An air strike by a mixed garrison of Hizbullah and the regular Syrian army near the village of RAS al-Maar.
11 Nov. Syrian and Lebanese media reported that the Israeli air force launched a series of attacks on targets in the area of the Damascus airport. Supposedly was destroyed Iranian weapons destined for Hizbullah.
30 Oct. The Syrian opposition reported that the Israeli air force attacked Syria. Strikes on positions of government troops and the Lebanese terrorist group «Hezbollah».
21 Aug. IDF air force attacked the 14 objects of the Syrian army, located in the Golan heights. It was a response to rocket attacks on Israeli territory.
20 Aug. The Syrian state news Agency SANA late on Thursday evening, August 20, reported the application of air forces of the IDF strikes on Syria. According to the report, the attack was subjected to two administrative buildings in Quneitra. This operation was a response to rocket attacks on Israel.
July 29. Lebanese media reported that the IDF air force destroyed a car with gunmen in the area of Quneitra. Five militants were killed.
27 APR. According to Arab media, the IDF air force destroyed to the North of Damascus warehouse of Scud missiles destined for Hizbullah. In Syria have killed and wounded.
26 APR. In the evening on Syrian territory near the Israeli border, the air strikes destroyed a group of terrorists laid a land mine.
25 APR. According to Arab media, Israeli aircraft bombed a warehouse of rockets of the Syrian army and the Lebanese grouping «Hezbollah». Reported the death of one person.
2 APR. The DPA news Agency reported that air force of Israel struck at Syrian army positions in HOMS.
28 Jan. The Israeli air force attacked the artillery positions of the Syrian army in response to the recent rocket attacks on Israeli territory.
18 Jan. Two missiles fired from the air in the direction of the target that were in the area of Quneitra. In the attack were killed senior commanders of Hizbullah and Iranian officers.
7 Dec. IDF air force planes struck the convoy of Hizbullah transporting from Syria to Lebanon a batch of Russian-made missiles destined for Hizbullah. According to Arab media, the victims of the attack were two of the militants «Hezbollah». This information contradicts the statement of the official Damascus, according to which the attack was not dead.
24 Feb. The explosion near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The aim of the attack was a convoy of Hizbullah transporting from Syria to Lebanon a batch of missiles of a class «earth-earth», able to carry more powerful warheads than almost all missiles available to the Shiite terrorist group. As a result of the airstrike were killed and four activists of «Hezbollah».
27 Jan. A powerful explosion in the district of Latakia. The media claimed that was blown up a warehouse with the missiles s-300 Russian-made.
31 Oct. Latakia was blown up a warehouse with weapons, which, presumably, he kept the missile complex SA-3 (NATO classification) – it is the same missile system s-125 «Neva» or in the export option «Pechora» for Hizbullah.
21 Oct. According to the Kuwaiti newspaper «al-Jarida», air force of the Israel defense forces near the Syrian-Lebanese border was bombed several trucks, which carried some military supplies to Hizbullah. Information has not been confirmed from other sources.
July 5. To the East of Latakia, in Syria, an air strike destroyed a warehouse of rocket arms (according to the media, there is stored the anti-ship missile «Yakhont» Russian production).
May 5. Inflicted a series of air strikes on military targets to the North-West of Damascus, in the district Jemaja (according to media reports, was attacked by more than 40 objects, including the staff of the 4th division of the Syrian army, an underground silos with missiles Scud base of the 104th and 105th brigades, etc.). It was also reported air strikes on targets in Syria in the night of 4 may.
30 Jan. In an air strike on targets in Syria were destroyed by the convoy, in which missiles were SA-17 («Buk-M1-2»), intended for Hizbullah, while the same was significant damage to the center of the SSRC, where he developed chemical and biological weapons.
The attacks on the terrorist organizations in 2013-2015 in Lebanon and the Sudan, undertaken or attributed to the IDF
20 Dec. In response to the rocket attacks on Israeli territory has suffered an artillery strike on the positions of militants in southern Lebanon.
May 5. Published in the London Arab newspaper «al-Arabi al-Jadid» reported, citing military sources in Sudan that the Israeli air force attacked targets in the country. The publication said that the attack was subjected to a factory for the manufacture of Scud missiles, the column moving from the enterprise and the rocket warehouse. The report noted that the Sudanese air defence tried to shoot down the plane attacking these objects, but the evidence that this plane was shot down has been reported. A press-the Secretary of the army of the Sudan claimed that there are no objects on the ground in the Khartoum area were not affected. Official Jerusalem has not commented on these publications and statements.
28 Jan. IDF air force and ground forces of the Israeli army attacked the terrorists ‘ positions «Hezbollah» in Lebanon, said the army press-service. According to the press service, the attacks were made in response to the shelling of a military jeep near the village of Ghajar.
29 Dec. The IDF retaliated after a rocket attack on Kiryat Shmona. According to TV channel «al-Manar» belonging «to Hezbollah», dozens of shells were fired in the area of UAT al-Khiyam, where the firing was conducted. The Lebanese authorities have not reported casualties or damage.
Chemical weapons in Syria, as of 2017
29 June 2017 the mission of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) fact-finding use of chemical weapons in Syria confirmed that the beginning of April, the Khan of Sheyhun was used sarin.
Against this background, the U.S. state Department has accused Damascus in the fact that, despite the previously reached agreements, the program of creation of chemical weapons in Syria has not been eliminated.
A similar report was published by the OPCW on April 19. But then was not published insights about the obvious military use of sarin.
April 4, 2017 in an airstrike and subsequent chemical contamination in Khan Sheyhun, in Idlib province, killed about 90 people (including 30 children), about 560 were hospitalized with poisoning, wounds and injuries. The US blamed the chemical attack on the Assad regime. The defense Ministry claimed that the Syrian air force bombed a weapons warehouse belonging to terrorists, and this has led to the contamination. Moscow later claimed that careful independent investigation of the incident before imposing any versions and accusations and accused Washington of reluctance to conduct such an investigation.
On the night of 7 April, the destroyers of the US Navy and Ross Porter has released 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase Shirt, located approximately 30 km from the city of HOMS. Shayrat air base was chosen as the object of a missile attack, because its Syrian aircraft used for flights on military operations in Idlib.
U.S. Department of defense emphasized that the missile attack was a response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians and that Syrian authorities will continue to be more careful with making decisions about such attacks.
On 15 April the British newspaper the Telegraph published information about the chemical weapons regime of Bashar al-Assad provided a cursory Syrian Brigadier General Saerom as-Sacaton, which until 2013 had commanded a division of the chemical troops of the 5th division of the army of Syria. According to the AU-Sakata, in 2013, the Syrian authorities have concealed from the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) hundreds of tons of chemical weapons. According to the fugitive officer, the Assad regime was at least 2 thousand tons of chemical warfare agents, but Damascus has acknowledged the existence of only 1.3 million tons of such substances. Saar as-Sakata said that the caches in Syria after the «cleansing» of the country from chemical weapons left at least 700 tons of sarin and other toxic substances, and precursors (substances involved in the chemical reactions leading to the formation of the target substance). He said that these reserves were secretly taken to a fortified warehouse in the mountains near HOMS and in the coastal city of jableh, located near the port of Tartus. As-Sakata also claimed that the Syrian army still has bombs capable of carrying chemical warheads and Scud missiles with warheads for chemical weapons.
In Damascus and Moscow have stated that the allegations of the presence of the army of Assad of chemical weapons and their means of application unfounded. While Syrian and Russian officials have repeatedly claimed that there is such a weapon of militants of the terrorist groups operating in Syria.
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