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Satellite images show Syrian facilities after reported Israeli strikes

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

This photo released by ImageSat International on May 15, 2022, shows sites allegedly struck by Israel in the Masyaf region of Syria. (ImageSat International)
This photo released by ImageSat International on May 15, 2022, shows sites allegedly struck by Israel in the Masyaf region of Syria. (ImageSat International)

Private Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) publishes satellite images of a site in Syria’s Masyaf region that was reportedly struck by Israel on Friday.

According to ISI, the airstrikes targeted an apparent underground facility. The site was also struck in September 2018, according to the firm.

The Masyaf area is thought to be used as a base for Iranian forces and pro-Iranian militias and has been repeatedly targeted in recent years in attacks attributed to Israel.

According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, five people were killed in Friday’s strike. Other media in the country said six were killed, all crew members of a Pantsir air defense system.

Additionally, ISI’s imagery shows that the nearby Scientific Studies and Research Center, known as CERS, was struck in airstrikes attributed to Israel in April.

Western officials have long associated CERS with the manufacture of chemical arms. According to the United States, sarin gas was developed there, a charge denied by the Syrian authorities.

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