'More Israeli Strikes Likely' |

Syria Moved Missiles Before Alleged Israeli Strike, Report Says

Officials tell the New York Times some Russian-made Yakhont missiles Israel allegedly targeted last month were removed from launchers prior to attack.

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

Israel failed to destroy a Syrian arsenal of Russian-made cruise missiles in an alleged attack last month on a warehouse near the city of Latakia, U.S. officials told the New York Times on Wednesday.

According to the report, U.S. intelligence analysts estimate that Israeli aircrafts struck the warehouse from the east without breaching Syrian airspace.

Their assessment was that, while the warehouse itself was destroyed, at least some of the Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles were removed from their launchers and taken out from the building before the attack.

The analysts also said Israel is likely to strike Syria again.

Last month, CNN reported that Israel was behind a series of explosions in the Syrian port of Latakia on the night of July 5, which reportedly targeted the Yakhont anti-ship missiles. Israel did not issue an official response to the report.

The Yakhont is an anti-ship missile that has a range of 300 kilometers and can carry a warhead weighing 250 kilograms. Russia has supplied Syria with such missile battrries in 2011.

In May, the New York Times reported that Russia sent a new shipment of upgraded Yakhont missiles to Syria said to be outfitted with an advanced radar that makes it more effective.

Yakhont missiles pose a threat to maritime transport arriving in and departing from Israel, as well as vital infrastructure located near the country's coast, including gas reservoirs and power stations on its coastline.

A Yakhont missile. Credit: Haaretz Archive

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel

ISRAEL-VOTE

Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism