A weapons storage facility containing hundreds of Iranian-made ground-to-ground missiles was damaged and 14 civilians were injured this week in an attack attributed to Israel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.
According to Syrian reports, loud explosions were heard in the area of the warehouse for six hours after the strike on Thursday in the city of Masyaf, where fires broke out due to the bombardments. Soldiers guarding the warehouse were also injured in the attack.
According to the group, the medium-range missiles were manufactured in a secret scientific research center supervised by officers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
The missiles were under manufacture for more than a year, and over the past few months they were transported to a storage facility in Masyaf.
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The day of the assault, Syrian state media outlets reported that Syria’s air defense systems were activated due to Israeli “aerial hostility” directed against the cities of Hama and Tartus and among the targets struck were training sites and military bases. The reports noted that the missiles were intercepted from the direction of Tartus.
According to the SOHR, Israel has attacked in Syria 21 times since the beginning of the year.
Earlier in August, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported that three Syrian soldiers had been killed and three others injured in an Israeli assault in the area of the port city of Tartus in western Syria. A Syrian military source told SANA that Israel also attacked a suburb of Damascus at the same time as the assault.
There was no comment from Israel, which rarely confirms its activities inside Syria.
Also on Thursday, ImageSat International reported that Russia sent its S-300 air defense system back from Masyaf, where it was stationed, to Russia. The satellite company estimates that Russia shipped the S-300 battery due to a need to bolster Russian air defenses, which have been damaged in its war with Ukraine.