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July 14, 2013 8:11 pm

Syria Denies Latakia Strike Occurred; Israeli TV Releases Satellite Footage of Site (VIDEO)

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Satellite Photograph of Syria Weapons Cache Bombardment, Before and After. Photo: Screenshot

After three unnamed U.S. government officials confirmed to CNN on Saturday that Israel conducted a successful pre-dawn bombardment of Latakia, Syria, that appears to have destroyed a cache of 300-km range, Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles, Syria on Sunday denied Israel’s involvement, and that the bombing had even occurred. Meanwhile, Israel maintained its silence.

Iranian television channel Al Ahlam quoted an official from Bashar Assad’s government in Damascus who issued the denial, contradicting multiple eyewitness reports of the explosions, and even photographic evidence. Israel’s Channel 2 released satellite footage (left) of the Syrian military depot before and after the bombardment.

The July 5 bombing was first reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which said: “huge explosions shook the area where a large Syrian army base and weapons depots are located.” According to reports by the SOHR published by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, fighter jets were seen in the skies around the city of Al-Haffah, which lies east of Latakia. Several troops were reported as having been killed or wounded in the ensuing explosions.

Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council, told Reuters that the rebels’ intelligence network had identified missiles being stored in the depots which were hit. “It was not the FSA that targeted this,” Saadeddine said. “It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels. This attack was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.” Syrian rebels described hearing and seeing huge blasts, the ferocity of which was beyond the firepower available to the FSA.

At the weekend, Israel maintained its silence on the matter. In May, Israel launched two strikes in Syrian territory. One of the strikes was thought to be on a convoy of antiaircraft weapons near the country’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which was previously targeted by the Israeli Air Force in January. Another strike, which took place on May 3, targeted Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles provided by Iran and based at Damascus International Airport.

“We have set red lines in regards to our own interests, and we keep them,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters on Tuesday. “There is an attack here, an explosion there, various versions – in any event, in the Middle East, it is usually we who are blamed for most.”

The three U.S. officials told CNN that Israel believed the Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles posed a threat to its naval forces, which is why the IDF struck. If the claims are true, the strike would mark the fourth Israeli action in Syria within the past six months.

Channel 2’s satellite footage of site can be viewed below:

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  • sami bicaci

    KOL AKAVOD ,,,

  • Nora-Adrienne

    Yofi.. This will make it easier for my cousins to sleep at night. Less missiles means better sleep.

    To the pilots who carried out this mission CHAZAK U’BARUCH!

  • JewSnuffler

    Look at the silly Amerikan comments here.

  • Nasrallah and Meshal–you guys are next. And if Israel really wants to do a giant mitzvah, they will send one of those bombs into Erdogan’s bedroom! Way to go IDF!!!

  • Mark NY

    Kudos to whom ever destroyed these weapons which were in the hands of Assad.

  • Bernard Ross

    looks like obama is fingering israel in order to start a war between them to help his GCC allies. I see no other good reason .

  • BethesdaDog

    That looks like two cruise missiles heading to the target.. That would seem to confirm that this operation was conducted from the sea, as I have read elsewhere.

  • Elliott

    The Iranians are expert at denial – that’s another product they’re supplying Bashar Assad’s forces with in large quantities…

  • May the good Lord keep the IDF safe and ever successful in protecting Israel and its people.

  • Good the less people talking about it the better. America sources can no longer be believed as they have become political and just plain stupid!