An Israeli satellite imaging firm on Sunday released images of a Syrian military base that was struck in an airstrike on Saturday, where a large hangar and three nearby buildings were destroyed near the city of Masyaf in the western Hama province.
The footage unveiled by the Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) showed the complete destruction of a possible Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory that was built from 2014 to 2016 next to an existing Syrian military base.
“The main industrial structures were completely destroyed, including the main hangar and the adjacent three production hangers and buildings. The rest of the structures were affected and damaged by the blast,” ISI said.
“It is possible that the location of the factory inside what looks like a regular military base was chosen in order to camouflage its real purpose,” ISI noted.
“It is unclear which entity controls and owns the base” – the Syrian army, Iran or militias – if the factory allegedly attacked by Israel was “indeed controlled by Iran, it is prob-able that the eastern part of the base is controlled by them.”
The purported missile factory included a main hangar measuring 60 meters by 25 meters, and several big industrial hangars and buildings which probably served for production and as-sembly of missiles.