Israel carried out large-scale air strikes on targets at western-central Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Israeli Air Force has carried out a large-scale air strike last night on targets of the Syrian army learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing several sources.
According to sources, Israeli fighter jets in the airspace over the Mediterranean Sea have attacked the city of Masyaf in Hama governorate, western-central Syria. The area is known for locating several Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems. According to sources in the same area, Syria has deployed at least six Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems.
Various sources claim that Syrian air defense systems shoot down some Israeli missiles. At the moment, however, no information has been received about destroyed any Syrian military equipment or casualties [soldiers or civilians].
Most likely, the attack was aimed at a Syrian military base in the region, which has previously housed helicopters and fighter jets of the Syrian air force. The type of missiles used by the Israeli military is not called, however, almost the entire infrastructure of the Syrian army’s military facility was destroyed.
Israel declined to comment officially on the attack. However, we remind you that Israel has never commented on statements in foreign media, and has no practice of commenting on its airstrikes against various targets.
MiG-29 fighter jets as a possible target
According to some sources, several Syrian new upgraded MiG-29s that arrived from Russia were stationed at the base that day. Later in the day, they were relocated to various air bases around the country.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that yesterday the Syrian army has received a second batch of advanced modernized MiG-29 fighters from Russia, as the information was confirmed by the Russian embassy in Syria statement.
Few days earlier Al-Assad’s forces receives first batch of the same fighters.
“Other” Russian air base
According to other sources, the Musyaf base was the subject of a conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.
As we announced earlier this month, Russia is in talks with Syria to increase its presence in the Arab republic and increase the military bases it currently uses. It is assumed that this base was also the topic of conversation between the two leaders.
Is Israel changing tactics?
Until now, it has been known that Israel very rarely allows itself to attack Syrian targets in the country. Almost all of Israel’s attacks in the past year have been aimed at Iranian or Islamic State targets in Syria.
However, Iran has relocated its military positions over the past month, even using Russia’s Khmeimim military base as a logistics hub, making it extremely difficult for Israel to prevent attacks.
Islamic State has long had no influence in the region. Very few combat units remain, but Russia and Syria are making military commitments to destroyed them.
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