Satellite Images Show Damage Caused by Israeli Strike on Damascus Airport

Photos show extensive Israeli strikes destroyed several buildings and warehouses, including a site reported to serve as secret Iranian headquarters

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019.
Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019. Credit: ImageSat International
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Satellite images released Tuesday evening revealed the destruction caused by Israel Air Force strikes on Syria on Sunday overnight.

The images, released by Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International as part of its intelligence report, show the extent of destruction in the area around the Damascus International Airport, including detsroyed J27 Radar, SA-22 TELAR (Transporter Erector Launchor and Radar), and several buildings identified as storehouses.

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.

Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019. Credit: ImageSat International

On Sunday night, the Israeli military announced that it struck Syrian and Iranian targets, including sites of the Guards' Quds Force, in response to a surface-to-surface missile fired toward northern Israel a day earlier. Israel said the targets included munition storage facilities, an intelligence site and a military training camp, as well as a number of Syrian air defense batteries.

The Russian military and the Syrian air force hadn't activated their more advanced systems, the S-300, nor the S-400, which are operated by Russian soliders alone.

Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019. Credit: ImageSat International

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Twenty-one people were killed in the extensive strike, a war watchdog reported on Tuesday, adding that at least 12 of them were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Israeli officials, meanwhile, believe Iran will respond more aggressively to recent Israeli strikes as the civil war nears its end and the country is carved up into areas of control.

The assessment is that although Iran’s economic situation and its involvement in the war in Yemen has led it to reduce its presence in Syria, it has not given up its desire to solidify its control there.

Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019. Credit: ImageSat International
Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019. Credit: ImageSat International

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