New satellite images released on Monday show significant damage to warehouses and office buildings at Damascus International Airport, following airstrikes last Thursday attributed to Israel.
The photographs released by ImageSat International show that several warehouses, apparently used to store weapons that were flown into Syria from Iran, were destroyed in the strikes along with multiple buildings used as headquarters for the operations at the site.
In addition, a hangar was damaged during the attack.
ImageSat says the shelter was “probably used for storing ammunition or missiles.”
At approximately at 11:45 pm last Thursday, incoming missiles struck five weapons depots near Damascus International Airport, including an attack on a military position south of the Syrian capital, the Al-Arabiya news channel reported, citing unidentified sources.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said seven people were killed in the attack of suspected Israeli missiles that targeted posts for Iranian-backed militias in the area between the Damascus international airport and the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood, south of the capital.
The Observatory said some of the missiles hit their targets. It didn’t say whether there were any casualties.
On Wednesday Iran vowed to deliver a crushing response to any Israeli action against its interests.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will give a crushing response that will cause regret to any kind of aggression or stupid action from this regime against our country's interests in Syria and the region," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
The unusual statement came after a plane belonging to the Revolutionary Guard Corps took off from Tehran to Damascus.
The plane had been out of commission for the past six months after it was damaged in a June 2019 airstrike on Syria attributed to Israel. Shortly before the Boeing 747 cargo plane landed in Damascus, Iranian officials accused Israel of carrying out attacks against military forces in Syria that are allied with Tehran.
First published: 20:32, 02.17.20