Israeli Strike on Syria: Satellite Images Reveal Destruction; Putin Accepts Offer to Probe Downed Jet

Images reveal damage wreaked by strikes near Damascus International Airport and others aimed at suburb of Syria's port city Latakia

Satellite image shows damage caused by alleged Israeli missile strike on targets near Syria's Latakia.
ImageSat International

Satellite images released Wednesday evening revealed the destruction caused by Israel Air Force strikes on Syria's port city of Latakia as well as another strike that was attributed to Israel on an area near the Damascus International Airport.

The images, released by Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International as part of its intelligence report, show a weapons warehouse that was destroyed in Latakia versus what it looked like prior to the attack; other images show remnants of what appears to be an airplane at the Damascus airport. 

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Satellite image shows damage caused by alleged Israeli missile strike on targets near Syria's Latakia
ImageSat International

Israel was forced to make the rare admission on Tuesday that it struck in Latakia after a Russian jet was downed on Monday by Syrian aerial defenses. An Israeli army statement said that the Israel Air Force struck a facility of the Syrian military from which weapons-manufacturing systems were supposed to be transferred to Iran and Hezbollah.  

According to a report in Syrian state media, several Israeli missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses Saturday. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the missile attack targeted an arms depot near the airport where new weapons recently arrived for the Iranians or Lebanon's Hezollah group.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

Damage caused by Israeli strike on target near Damascus seen in satellite image.
ImageSat International

As for Monday's attack, the official SANA news agency reported that ten people were injured in the attack on military targets close to three large cities in the north of Syria, eight of whom were shortly discharged after being admitted to a nearby hospital.  

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Damage caused by an alleged Israeli strike no a target near Damascus.
ImageSat International

The attack near Latakia was especially unusual because the port city is located near a Russian military base, the Khmeimim Air Force base. The base is home to Russian jet planes and an S-400 aerial defense system. According to Arab media reports, Israel has rarely struck that area since the Russians arrived there.

Syrian air defenses responded to several missiles that were fired at Latakia from the sea and succeeded in intercepting several of them before they hit, SANA quoted a military source as saying. Social media reports indicated that blasts were heard at a suburb near the port city.

Satellite images show damage caused by alleged Israeli strike on a weapons depot near the airport in Damascus.
ImageSat International

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said on Wednesday evening that Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information about its air raid, which triggered fire by Syrian forces that downed a Russian reconnaissance plane on Monday.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that Russian experts will study the data to be provided by the Israeli air force chief.

Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard Monday. Russia's Defense Ministry blamed the plane's loss on Israel, but Putin sough to defuse tensions, pointing at "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin on Tuesday to express sorrow over the death of the plane's crew, blamed Syria and offered to dispatch Israel's air force chief to Moscow to provide details.

In their conversation, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel is determined to prevent Iran from gaining a military foothold in Syria and thwart Tehran's attempts to aid Hezbollah with lethal weapons against Israel.