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New Satellite Images Reveal Aftermath Of Israeli Strikes On Syria; Putin Accepts Offer to Probe Downed Jet

Via Zerohedge


An Israeli satellite imaging company has released satellite photographs that reveal the extent of Monday night’s attack on multiple locations inside Syria.

ImageSat International released them as part of an intelligence report on a series of Israeli air strikes which lasted for over an hour and resulted in Syrian missile defense accidentally downing a Russian surveillance plane that had 15 personnel on board.

The images reveal the extent of destruction on one location struck early in attack in the port city of Latakia, as well as the aftermath of a prior strike on Damascus International Airport. On Tuesday Israel owned up to carrying out the attack in a rare admission.

Syrian official SANA news agency reported ten people injured in the attacks carried out of military targets near three major cities in Syria’s north.

The Times of Israel, which first reported the release of the new satellite images, underscores the rarity of Israeli strikes happening that far north and along the coast, dangerously near Russian positions:

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.

The Russian S-400 system was reportedly active during the attack, but it’s difficult to confirm or assess the extent to which Russian missiles responded during the strikes.

Three of the released satellite images show what’s described as an “ammunition warehouse” that appears to have been completely destroyed.

The IDF has stated their airstrikes targeted a Syrian army facility “from which weapons-manufacturing systems were supposed to be transferred to Iran and Hezbollah.” This statement came after the IDF expressed “sorrow” for the deaths of Russian airmen, but also said responsibility lies with the “Assad regime.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to express regret over the incident while offering to send his air force chief to Russia with a detailed report — something which Putin agreed to.

According to Russia’s RT News, “Major-General Amikam Norkin will arrive in Moscow on Thursday, and will present the situation report on the incident, including the findings of the IDF inquiry regarding the event and the pre-mission information the Israeli military was so reluctant to share in advance.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry condemned the “provocative actions by Israel as hostile” and said Russia reserves “the right to an adequate response” while Putin has described the downing of the Il-20 recon plane as likely the result of a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances” and downplayed the idea of a deliberate provocation, in contradiction of the initial statement issued by his own defense ministry.

Pro-government Syrians have reportedly expressed frustration this week that Russia hasn’t done more to respond militarily to Israeli aggression; however, it appears Putin may be sidestepping yet another trap as it’s looking increasingly likely that Israel’s aims are precisely geared toward provoking a response in order to allow its western allies to join a broader attack on Damascus that could result in regime change.

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You can call me AL
You can call me AL
September 21, 2018

Israel are scared, as is the US. Tick tock.

Cheryl Brandon
Cheryl Brandon
Reply to  You can call me AL
September 21, 2018

Russia needs to bring in more weaponry into Syria!!

Gonzogal
Gonzogal
Reply to  Cheryl Brandon
September 22, 2018

There is this: http://tass.com/defense/1022394

And Possibly this:

Cheryl Brandon
Cheryl Brandon
September 21, 2018

ODED Yinnon and the Zionists would not stop!! ;From the time they were never brought to the ICC for the War Crimes against Palestinians from 1947 onwards to now; They felt it was their right as the “fake chosen people to elimminate whoever they wish! so they just carried with USS Liberty/ the Kennedy brothers then the Marines Baracks in Lebanon, 9/11.

Zara Ali
Reply to  Cheryl Brandon
September 22, 2018

Very correct indeed Cheryl. Had the Zionist entity been checked in its outrageous violation of international law they would not have been able to establish their hegemony on the world.
https://wannaknowthetruthblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/the-inequitable-spirit-of-zionism-grips-the-globe/

Robert HARNEIS
Robert HARNEIS
September 21, 2018

It does not seem very likely it was an ammunition warehouse as there is no sign of any damage from exploding ammunition that you would expect to see all around the building.

Gonzogal
Gonzogal
Reply to  Robert HARNEIS
September 22, 2018

Nor is there any crater that you would expect not just from the bombs themselves and the supposed “ammunition” stored there.

Walter Dublanica
September 21, 2018

Russia needs to take revenge on those responsible for shooting down their plane. When it comes to Israel, it is always “fishy”.

A.F.
A.F.
Reply to  Walter Du Blanica
September 21, 2018

Russia downed that plane, to feel proud

gra gor
gra gor
Reply to  A.F.
September 24, 2018

Are yo still here trolling the website. Don’t you have some Донба́с flies who’s wings are waiting for you to pull off or something.

A.F.
A.F.
September 21, 2018

Russian military observer: Russia lost control of Syrian airspace and shot down the IL-20 The crash of the Russian Il-20 aircraft in the district of the Syrian city of Latakia was caused by the fact that the Russian military lost control of the airspace and the Syrian air defense system in the area of its Khmeimim airbase, writes Russian journalist and military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer in his blog for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. He reminded that the air defense system of the Assad’s Syrian Arab Armed Forces, which the Soviet Union helped to build, was almost fully destroyed due to… Read more »

gra gor
gra gor
Reply to  A.F.
September 24, 2018

Just like the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655. Ya I’m getting it.

Tahau Taua
Tahau Taua
September 22, 2018

It appears that the Russian S-400 (AA) anti-airaft missiles in Syria; are all show. Strategically, all AA systems in Syria; should have been under the control of Russia. This would have removed any possibility of an accidental “Friendly” shoot-down its own aircraft. This is a damning indictment of Russia’s involvement in Syria.
The past excuse by Putin that AA systems would only be used to defend Russian interests in Syria, is bunkum nonsense; in the wake of the destruction of the Il-20 with 15 Russian personnel killed.

oron
oron
Reply to  Tahau Taua
September 22, 2018

true enough

Ian Shears
September 22, 2018

Israel is going to get burnt over the French shoot down of the Il-20. The reason – it blamed Syria falsely. Israel should have shut up if it did not know what was going on. Nor should it have expressed its regret for the actions of a foreign country. The Israeli government should be censured for making public statements about a matter in which it was not involved.

voza0db
voza0db
September 22, 2018

Russians (not the dumb populace herd!) are, since long time ago, controlled by Zionists! The reality of this FACT is now CLEAR to anyone.

gra gor
gra gor
September 24, 2018

No giant craters or conflagration damage to other vehicles and buildings or the ground under the sites pictured as would have happened if there had been the explosives they stated they were blowing up in the strike. WTF?

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
September 27, 2018

Sneaky ISISrael illegally attacking anti-terrorist installations – desperate to save their sicko mercenaries.

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