Syrian state media reported that rockets were fired from the Mediterranean towards the town of Masyaf, but most were shot down.
Satellite images show massive destruction of a massive military facility in western Syria that was the target of a recent Israeli airstrike.
The bombing exploded last week in a depot containing hundreds of medium-range missiles for Iranian-backed fighters in the country, according to the head of a Syrian opposition war observer.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the Israelis hit several positions, but the main target was a massive weapons depot containing about 1,000 precision-guided medium-range missiles.
He said the explosions at the facility continued for more than five hours after the attack.
An underground missile development facility in the area overseen by Iran’s paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was unaffected, likely because it had been dug deep into the mountains. Abdurrahman said the attack killed a Syrian army captain and injured 14 other Syrians.
“The explosions were among the largest since Israel began carrying out airstrikes in Syria,” he said.
There was no official comment from the Israeli military.
‘Deterrence established again’
Lieutenant General Alexus Grynkewich, the US Air Force’s senior officer in the Middle East, said he was “certainly aware” of reports that Israel had targeted the weapons depot in Syria, but insisted there was “no connection.” between that attack and US airstrikes that hit Iran-linked targets in Syria last week.
He said recent actions taken by the US military are “completely unrelated to other actors, be it the Israelis or anyone else”.
Speaking of the tit-for-tat attacks that sparked tensions between the US and Iran-backed militias in Syria last week, Grynkewich said he hoped “things have escalated and we’ve now reached a point where deterrence is back on track.” set”.
Israeli missiles were fired from the Mediterranean and most were shot down, Syrian state media reported. After Thursday’s attack near the towns of Tartous and Hama, a fire broke out in nearby forests.
The Israeli attack targeted a weapons depot and scientific research center near the central city of Masyaf, a government stronghold, according to Syrian opposition activists. Masyaf is located almost halfway between the coastal town of Tartous and the central city of Hama.
The Times of Israel Sunday published photos taken by Planet Labs PBC and provided by Aurora Intel, a network that provides news and updates based on open source information.
Aurora Intel tweeted an initial analysis of satellite images of some heavily damaged buildings and areas. Areas around the Scientific Study and Research Center suffered “severe fire damage as a result of the secondary explosions”.
The footage showed some of the green areas surrounding the facility had been burned.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against targets in government-controlled parts of Syria over the past decade of its civil war, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
However, it has acknowledged that it is targeting bases of allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah group and other Iran-backed militias. Israeli military officials have said in the past that the attacks are directed against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria.
At least three Syrian soldiers were killed and three others injured in “several” Israeli missile strikes on Syria on August 14, according to Syrian state media.