Israel Strikes Syria: Satellite Images Show Iranian Weapons Depot Targeted Near Damascus

The images show the extent of the damage caused by Israel's attack near Damascus, which supposedly destroyed an Iranian weapons depot on Friday

The Iranian weapons depot in Damascus - before and after the Israeli strike
ImageSat International (ISI)

Satellite images released Monday show the extent of the damage caused by Israel's attack near Damascus Friday.

The satellite’s manufacture, the Israeli company ImageSat International, showed a photo of a structure said to be an Iranian weapons depot from December 23 alongside a photo from Monday, where the structure is no longer there. 

Satellite image from January 14, 2019, after the attack
ImageSat International (ISI)
Satellite image prior to the attack.
ImageSat International (ISI)

ISI added that the warehouse that was struck apparently contained Fajr-5 rockets. The company added that the size of the warehouse and of the trucks that can be seen in the earlier photo standing outside of the structure "appear to fit the assessment that the warehouse was used to store rockets."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Sunday reports of an Israeli airstrike in Damascus on Friday night and said that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Speaking at the start of the weekly government meeting, Netanyahu said the Israel Air Force attacked Iranian weapons depots at the Damascus International Airport in Syria over the weekend. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria," Netanyahu said.

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot most of them down. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes targeted an area near the airport while others hit the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government.