Satellite images show damage at Iranian weapons warehouse after Israeli airstrikes in Syria
ImageSat released satellite images of Iranian weapons warehouses, Syrian air defense units and several buildings destroyed in Syria, which correspond with the locations of the Israeli airstrikes on Sunday overnight.
The images show the extent of destruction in the area around the Damascus International Airport, including destroyed J27 Radar, SA-22 TELAR (Transporter Erector Launcher and Radar), and several buildings identified as warehouses.
Images also show that “The Glasshouse” was untouched, but is currently empty of personnel. The latter is reported to be a secret headquarters from which Iran is commanding military support for the Assad regime, alongside Russia.
At least 21 soldiers were killed in the extensive Israeli strikes on Syria overnight Sunday, in response to surface-to-surface missiles launched by Iranian forces from Syria toward Israel, a war watchdog reported on Tuesday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll included 15 “foreign nationals”, of which at least 12 were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Syrian state-run news outlets said that at least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the strikes.
Syrian military air defenses destroyed more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during the Israeli air strikes. In response, the IDF targeted Syrian air defense units.
The targets struck by the IDF include munition storage sites, an Iranian intelligence site, an Iranian military training camp, a military site located in the Damascus International Airport and weapons warehouses in other locations.
Earlier on Sunday, the IDF activated the Iron Dome anti-air missile battery against at least two missiles incoming from Syria towards the Mount Hermon area in northern Israel. No damage or injuries reported in Israel.
IDF spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said that the Iranian retaliatory strike aimed at the northern Golan was “not a spur-of-the-moment” response, but had been planned months in advance, based on intelligence collected by the IDF.
“We understand that the Iranians are trying to change the context and deter us from our policy and our strategy of fighting Iranian troops in Syria. They thought they could change the rules of engagement. Our response was a rather clear one, with a message to Iran and Syria that our policies have not changed,” Conricus said.
Syria’s envoy to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari threatened on Tuesday that if the UN did not halt Israeli strikes on Iranian weapons in his country, Syria would retaliate with an attack on Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.