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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

TWO IAF attacks on weapons depots in Syria took out S-300's and Yakhont missiles?

In an earlier post, I reported that an attack on a Syrian arms depot in Latakia had taken out Russian-made S-300 missiles and launchers. The Syrian rebels had attributed to the attack to the IAF, while Syrian government media had blamed al-Qaeda.

Now, it turns out that there may have been two attacks on Syria. The Russian S-300's were destroyed at a storage facility in an army camp east of Homs in western Syria. The Latakia attack destroyed Russian Yakhont land-to-sea anti-ship missiles like the one that took an Israeli submarine out of action during the Second Lebanon War.

In a Facebook post titled "The new Israeli strike," the rebels alleged that "the brave Syrian regime has conceded that a new Israeli strike targeted a warehouse containing Russian S-300 missiles and launchers. The facility was located in the al-Qassia camp, near the town of al-Hafa, east of Homs."

The post further insinuated that the attack was meant to stop the Free Syrian Army from seizing the advanced weapons system.

Another report, by Syria's al-Haqiqa news website, claimed that "a senior Israeli official" confirmed that the explosion that destroyed an arms depot in the port city of Latakia last week was not the work of al-Qaida, as the state-run Syrian media reported, but yet another Israeli attack.

According to the report, the explosion destroyed a Syrian navy weapons depository holding Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles. The website quoted the official as allegedly saying he could "neither confirm nor deny," whether the Israeli military was responsible for the attack.
More on the Yakhont here. If the story turns out to be true, it would not be surprising that Israel went after it.

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At 4:59 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Not a submarine, the Hanit, a Saar 5 class corvette.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

The Israeli ship hit in the 2nd Lebanon was was not a submarine. It was the INS Hanit, a Sa'ar 5-class corvette, and it was hit by a Chinese C-802 or similarly designed missile.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Well, whoever destroyed the S-300s and the Yakhonts, (nod, nod, wink, wink!) well done!


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