Israel appears to have launched airstrikes in northern Syria to destroy a missile production facility on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, according to a private Israeli intelligence agency.
New satellite images from ImageSat International show the wake of Israel’s alleged airstrikes on the missile connection in Al-Safirah outside the city of Aleppo near Turkey.
“The plant, which probably contained explosives, was destroyed. The other structure with its machinery and equipment was damaged, ”according to the ISI assessment.
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“The attack was aimed at weakening missile production in Syria, probably for Hezbollah, by damaging its crucial elements,” the ISI said in a report released on September 13, two days after the airstrikes.
Israel has launched more than 200 airstrikes against Iranian and Iranian proxy forces in Syria over the past three years, officials say.
It is the first reported Israeli air strike in Syria since August 31 and September 2, when Israeli jets targeted Damascus International Airport and T-4 Syrian military air base, respectively.
The latest strikes on September 11 took place days before officials from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel joined President Trump in the White House on Tuesday to sign the historic Abrahamic Agreement.
Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates on Friday in normalizing relations with Israel and became only the third and fourth Arab country to do so since 1979.
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The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah said at the weekend that it was strongly protesting Bahrain’s announcement to normalize relations with Israel as a “major betrayal” of the Palestinian people.
The first commercial flight between the United Arab Emirates and Israel took place last month and included a delegation from the Trump administration, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner.
The Times of Israel was the first to report the new alleged airstrikes.
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In 2018, U.S. and Western intelligence sources believed that Iran had sent shipments of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, supplies that included GPS components (Global Positioning System) to turn previously unmanned missiles into precision-guided missiles, increasing the threat to Israel.
Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.