Israeli Military in Syria & the Gaza Strip

A child uses his mobile device in the ruins of a building in Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip on May 26th 2021. © Mohamed Zaanoun

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Country
Syria
the Gaza Strip
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Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
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Incident Code

ISSY-170519

Incident date

May 17, 2019

Location

دمشق, Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

Alleged Israeli air strikes were launched against Damascus on May 17, 2019.

According to Euphrates Post, “Israeli air raids targeted the Assad regime sites shortly before the capital Damascus, air raids targeted the headquarters of the first division in the city of Al-Keswa, in conjunction with the launch of surface-to-air missiles from the air defense bases of the regime.”

No estimates of casualties or any other information is available at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-120419

Incident date

April 13, 2019

Location

مصياف, Massyaf, Hama, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one belligerent was killed and between six and 17 were injured in alleged Israeli strikes on the town of Massyaf in the Hama Countryside between April 12th and April 13th, 2019.

Arab News quoted Syrian Arab News Agency as stating “an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings” and quoted Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as stating “the airstrikes hit three targets, wounding 17 Syrian soldiers. It said there were also deaths, but it was not immediately clear how many were killed and whether they were Iranians or Iran-sponsored fighters.”

Step News included details “URGENT Initial reports speak of one dead and six wounded from the army of the regime as a result of Israeli raids on the area of Musayaf west of Hama,.”

In addition, “around 2:30 a.m. … the Israeli air force carried out a strike targeting one of our military positions in the town of Misyaf,” in Hama province north of Damascus, SANA quoted a military source as saying.

Euphrates Post reported “Israeli air strikes on the College of Accounting and Administration in the city of Misyaf in the western countryside of Hama, killing and wounding a number of elements inside the camp.” A post from Free deir ezzor radio identified the camps as “where the Iranian militias are holding training courses for its elements.”

Tweets from @ImageSatIntl showed “#Before,12 April, & #After ,13 April, few hours after the #strike in #Masyaf, #Syria. Completely destroyed structures which were (according to #OSINT) #missiles  manufacturing hangars, related to #Iran. See here the #before and #after.”

The incident occured at 02:30:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6–17

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: Israeli raids targeted the Camp Pioneers in the area of Sheikh Ghadban in the vicinity of Musayaf West Hama, where the Iranian militias are holding training courses for its elements Other raids targeted military positions of the regime near the town of Tlalkh Breef # Homs al-Gharbi amid the sound of violent explosions that shook the area (Image posted by Free deir ezzor radio via Facebook)
  • Caption translation: Israeli raids targeted the Camp Pioneers in the area of Sheikh Ghadban in the vicinity of Musayaf West Hama, where the Iranian militias are holding training courses for its elements Other raids targeted military positions of the regime near the town of Tlalkh Breef # Homs al-Gharbi amid the sound of violent explosions that shook the area (Image posted by Free deir ezzor radio via Facebook)
  • The #SSM factory is located in the vicinity of other facilities which according to #OSINT are related to the #Iranian SSM project in #Syria. (Image posted by @ImageSatIntl)
  • If the attacked factory is indeed controlled by #Iran, it is probable that at least the eastern part of the “#syrian” base it controlled by them. #Syria #Masyaf #SSM #ISI (Image posted by @ImageSatIntl)
  • If the #bombed site in #Masyaf, #Syria, was indeed a #missile factory, it could allow production and assembly of different #SSM elements or for improving the #accuracy of missiles. #ISI #Iran #VISINT #IMINT (Image posted by @ImageSatIntl)

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6–17

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-270319

Incident date

March 27–28, 2019

Location

الشيخ نجار وقرب مطار حلب الدولي, Al sheikh Najar and near Aleppo airport, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between seven and 10 belligerents, specifically member of the Iranian forces and their loyal militias, were killed and others were wounded in alleged Israeli strikes on Al sheikh Najar and near Aleppo airport around midnight between March 27/28, 2019.

Euphrates Post reported “Israeli planes targeted midnight on Wednesday with violent raids in the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport. Local media sources said that huge explosions were heard in the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport and Sheikh Najjar area, in conjunction with the escalation of the flames.” They added that according to the forces loyal to the regime, “the Israeli aircraft targeted some sites in the industrial area in Sheikh Najjar northeast of Aleppo, and limited damage to materials only.”

A tweet from @BabakTaghvaee identified the facilities struck as “a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. #Israel Air Force’s F-16D/Is & F-15Is dropped their SDBs on the #IRGC targets near #Aleppo from 45,000 to 51,000ft altitude.”

Syrian Arab News Agency also reported that “a number of industrial sites in Sheikh Najar industrial region” were hit with strikes and that damage was material only.

While various sources reported that the damage was material only, Step News Agency posted about “the sound of ambulances in several neighborhoods in Aleppo and news of casualties and casualties in the ranks of the regime and its militias as a result of the Israeli raids that touched the vicinity of Aleppo airport just before.” Syrian Observatory gave specific information that “at least 7 of the Iranian forces and their loyal militias have been killed, as a result of Israeli strikes against ammunition depots of the Iranian forces and their loyal militias, in Sheikh Najjar Industrial Area on the outskirts of Aleppo city, and the death toll may rise because there are some injured people.”

Jerusalem Post gave information that “according to the Syrian Human Rights Center, ten people died and the city of Aleppo in Syria is in chaos due to the “Israeli strike,” Maariv initially reported. The report is in contrast to official Syrian media reports that suggest Syrian air defenses defended the area.”

The Times of Israel reported that “Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Thursday appeared to confirm that Israeli warplanes struck Iranian military targets outside the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight. In an interview with Israel Radio, Katz said that “as far as Iran knows, it’s Israel” that carried out the strike targeting a weapons depot, and went on to say that it was a “challenging” operation to perform.”

Aljazeera added that “the blasts caused an electrical blackout in Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city and a major industrial hub that bore the brunt of years of fighting and heavy Russian and Syrian aerial bombardment on its former rebel-held areas. Other attacks hit the vicinity of al-Nairab military airport on the outskirts of Aleppo in the second such attack on the installation used by Iranian troops in less than a year.”

The incident occured around midnight.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    7–10
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)
  • Caption: #BREAKING: #Israel Air Force carried-out an airstrike against a rocket manufacturing workshop at Sheikh Najar industrial zone, near the #Aleppo International Airport. It is reported that #IRGC was producing Fajr-5C precision guided rockets for #Syria Arab Army there. (Images posted by @BabakTaghvaee)

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

The Times of Israel reported that "Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Thursday appeared to confirm that Israeli warplanes struck Iranian military targets outside the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight. In an interview with Israel Radio, Katz said that “as far as Iran knows, it’s Israel” that carried out the strike targeting a weapons depot, and went on to say that it was a “challenging” operation to perform."

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    7–10
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-110219

Incident date

February 11, 2019

Location

القنيطرة, Al Qunaitra, Syria

Airwars assessment

Alleged Israeli airstrikes were carried out on Quneitra hospital on February 11, 2019.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, “at 19.50 p.m., Israeli drones launched 4 missiles on Quneitra hospital and one of the points affiliated to the security guard forces, affirming that the damages were limited to materials.” A reporter also added that “the Israeli aggression has targeted the destroyed Hospital of Quneitra with a number of tank shells and one of the observation centers in Jabata al-Khashab.”

Newsweek also reported that “the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency and the pro-government Al-Ikhbariya news station have reported a series of Israeli strikes near the town of Tel al-Durayya in the southwestern province of Al-Quneitra. The reports suggested that only material damage was inflicted, with projectiles hitting the provincial hospital and an observation post in the town of Jubata al-Khashab.”

Smart News Agency and Free Deir Ezzor Radio also identified Israeli strikes as being carried out in the area and both identified the areas hit as being controlled by the regime.

Israel confirmed they were responsible for the strikes, with the Times of Israel reporting “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday confirmed that Israel had carried out a military strike in the Syrian Golan Heights the night before, further breaking from Israel’s previous policy of ambiguity around its activities against Iran in Syria. “We are working all the time to block Iran. We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its efforts to entrench itself in the region,” Netanyahu said before boarding a flight to Poland for a conference focused on Tehran’s activities in the Middle East.”

The Times of Israel also reported that “Israeli military reporters were told that the strike targeted Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen trying to set up a base of operations near the Israeli border.”

There were no civilian or belligerent casualties reported.

The incident occured between 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday confirmed that Israel had carried out a military strike in the Syrian Golan Heights the night before, further breaking from Israel’s previous policy of ambiguity around its activities against Iran in Syria.
“We are working all the time to block Iran. We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its efforts to entrench itself in the region,” Netanyahu said.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-200119-A

Incident date

January 20, 2019

Location

دمشق, Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

An alleged Israeli air strike hit Damascus airport the morning of January 10, 2019.

According to Step News Agency, “Israeli warplanes launched several raids on the southern region on Sunday afternoon, following an explosion that rocked the capital Damascus this morning targeting a military checkpoint and a security detachment near the southern stronghold.”

Free Deir Ezzor also added “Israeli raids targeting the capital Damascus and the target area is Al Kuswa south of Damascus.”

The Times of Israel reported “local Syrian media said the targets of strike were in Damascus International Airport and in the town of al-Kiswah” and that the “Russian military…reiterated the Syrian claims, saying the incoming attack had been blocked by the country’s air defenses.” Russian media also claimed “The airport’s infrastructure was not damaged. There are no victims, and no damage.”

Time of Israel also added “according to Syrian opposition media, approximately 10 missiles were fired at targets near the airport and in al-Kiswah. “Warehouses containing weapons for Syrian regime ally Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are located in that area,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.”

Ynet reported that the “Russian army in Syria said it was Israeli planes that launched air-to-surface missiles over the Mediterranean Sea, towards targets in the area of Damascus International Airport.” In addition, “At the time of the strike, an Iranian passenger/cargo plane was coming in for landing at Damascus International Airport. The plane belonged to the Iranian aviation company Mahan Airlines.”

There were no casualties among civilians or belligerents reported.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-200119-B

Incident date

January 20–21, 2019

Location

السويداء, As-Suwayda, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two belligerents, specifically members of the Syrian regime military, were killed and 15 others were wounded in alleged Israeli airstrikes on As-Suwayda on the evening of January 20, 2019/morning of January 21, 2019.

According to Euphrates Post, “two elements of the Assad regime were killed and others were wounded following raids carried out by the Israeli warplanes targeting Radar Jina in the east of the town of Al Kafar, south of the city of Al Suwaida.”

Smart News Agency gave the information that “2 killed and 15 wounded by Israeli air strikes on military positions in al-Suwayda (local medical sources).”

Another post by Euphrates Post specified “Israeli air strikes on the military airfield in the western countryside of Al Suweidi.”

Step News Agency also reported that “Israeli raids also targeted a number of the regime’s positions in the Quneitra hills and al-Tha’la airport in the western province of Suweida. The raids also targeted the area of ​​the “radar” East of al-Suwayda, amid a general outage of electricity throughout the province.”

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published an overall report on Israeli strikes, including the relevant information “the Israeli forces carried out tens of land and air strikes by their warplanes and ground-to-ground missiles, where the bombardment lasted less than 60 minutes and targeted areas extending from the southwest of Rif Dimashq to al-Thula airbase in the western countryside of al-Suwaidaa.” They identified Iranian, Hezbollah, and regime sites as being struck and gave the overall estimate of “the killing of 11 people including 2 Syrian nationals” but didn’t specify if they were killed in this location or in Damascus.

Following the strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said  “Last night, the air force strongly attacked Iranian targets in Syria after Iran launched a missile from there at our territory.” The Israeli military also issued the statement ““We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.”

The incident occured around midnight.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN)
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2
  • Belligerents reported injured
    15

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN)
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2
  • Belligerents reported injured
    15

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-200119-C

Incident date

January 20–21, 2019

Location

دمشق, Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between four and nine belligerents, specifically members of the Syrian regime military, were killed and six others were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Damascus after midnight between January 20, 2019 to January 21, 2019.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes were carried out in the “vicinity of Damascus International Airport” and gave an overall assessment that the strikes resulted in the “killing of 11 people including 2 Syrian nationals” but did not specify if those were in Damascus or in other locations. They also identified Iranian, Hezbollah, and regime forces as being hit in the strikes.

According to Sputnik News, “four members of the Syrian army were killed and six wounded in the Israeli bombing of Syria last night, the National Center for Defense Management in Russia said, citing partial damage to the infrastructure of Damascus International Airport.”

The BBC reported “A statement issued later said Israeli fighter jets had hit munition storage sites, a site located in Damascus International Airport, an Iranian intelligence site and an Iranian military training camp. The jets also struck several Syrian military air defence batteries after dozens of surface-to-air missiles were launched.”

A post by Free Deir Ezzor Radio included details that “Israeli raids targeting the capital Damascus and destroying weapons depots and military points for the Iranians and Lebanese Hezbollah in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.” Manartalforat2018 also posted that “The Israeli army is launching large-scale raids on targets belonging to the Iranian Quds militia within Syrian territory.”

The Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the strikes occurred at 1:10am and added that “the Israeli aggression was carried out from above the Lebanese territory, the Galilee and Lake Tiberias, using various types of weapons.”

Step News Agency gave the specific location “a number of Israeli missiles targeted the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, adjacent to an operations room belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah militia.”

The Israeli Defense Force issued a statement on January 20th that “We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.” They did not reference any specific location.

The incident occured at 01:10:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Images from the Syrian Arab News Agency of the alleged Israeli strikes on areas surrounding Damascus on January 20/21, 2019.
  • Images from the Syrian Arab News Agency of the alleged Israeli strikes on areas surrounding Damascus on January 20/21, 2019.
  • Images from the Syrian Arab News Agency of the alleged Israeli strikes on areas surrounding Damascus on January 20/21, 2019.
  • Images from the Syrian Arab News Agency of the alleged Israeli strikes on areas surrounding Damascus on January 20/21, 2019.
  • Images from the Syrian Arab News Agency of the alleged Israeli strikes on areas surrounding Damascus on January 20/21, 2019.

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

The Israeli Defense Force issued a statement on January 20th that "We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory."

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–9
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-110119

Incident date

January 11–12, 2019

Location

دمشق, Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

Eight alleged Israeli strikes were launched on Damascus International Airport at 11:15pm on January 11/January 12, 2019.

Syrian Arab News Agency reported that “at 11:15 before midnight, Israeli warplanes coming from Galilee area launched several missiles towards the surroundings of Damascus and our air defenses immediately intercepted them and downed most of them.” The result was “only material damage to one of the ammunition warehouses at Damascus International Airport.”

A military source told Sputnik Arabic that “eight Israeli rockets fired from Lebanese territory to target sites west of the Syrian capital Damascus, pointing out that the Syrian defenses have been dropped so far 6 of them.” They also added that “one of the Israeli missiles hit an ammunition depot in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.”

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified strikes being “carried out against Al-Kiswah area and other areas in the south-western Rif Dimashq.”

According to Euphrates Post, the airstrikes at Damascus International Airport were launched against members of the regime and Iranian forces. However, a post from Shabab Al Soussa identified Lebanese Hezbollah positions as being struck in the bombing.

Free Deir Ezzor Radio reported that the bombing was against ” four large Iranian cargo planes (Hercules), three of which were completely destroyed.” A post from Manartalforat2018 also identified a warehouse in the airport as being involved as well.

Alhal Net added that the airstrikes “hit Iranian weapons stores, followed by the firing of missiles from the defenses of the Syrian regime in the # Almaza airport. Weapons depots of Iran “in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, near the seventh bridge” [were struck], noting that the shipment of weapons targeted “were unloaded in a warehouse belonging to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, near the headquarters of militias stationed in the vicinity of the airport.” In addition, “the 91st Brigade in the vicinity of Al-Kaswa, and the brigade 137 in the vicinity of Zakiya in the countryside of Damascus” were also hit.

Haaretz reported that “Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said the attack was broader than usual, targeting areas ranging from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa south of capital all the way to the village of Dimas in the west near the Lebanon border.”

Israel also reportedly confirmed the strike, with Haaretz publishing “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Sunday morning that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah targets, confirming reports of an Israeli airstrike in Damascus on Friday night. 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 Times of Israel also reported that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel conducted an airstrike against Iranian targets in Syria over the weekend, which he said destroyed a number of weapons caches in the Damascus airport. “The Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Just in the past 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian depots full of Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport.”

Satellite images taken by ImageSat International and reported by Haaretz show “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. 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.”

There were no reports of casualties among civilians or belligerents.

The incident occured at 23:15:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: Alleged Israeli strikes on Damascus International Airport on January 11/January 12, 2019. (Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Alleged Israeli strikes on Damascus International Airport on January 11/January 12, 2019. (Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Images taken by ImageSat International and published by Haaretz that show the before and after of an alleged Iranian weapons storage struck by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus Airport on January 11/12, 2019.
  • Images taken by ImageSat International and published by Haaretz that show the before and after of an alleged Iranian weapons storage struck by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus Airport on January 11/12, 2019.
  • Images taken by ImageSat International and published by Haaretz that show the before and after of an alleged Iranian weapons storage struck by Israeli airstrikes near Damascus Airport on January 11/12, 2019.

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel conducted an airstrike against Iranian targets in Syria over the weekend, which he said destroyed a number of weapons caches in the Damascus airport. “The Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Just in the past 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian depots full of Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport.”

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known targets
    Assad regime, Hezbollah, Iranian military

Sources (29) [ collapse]