following an attack attributed to Israel
High-resolution satellite images from ISI reveal the damage to Syria’s chemical weapons production and storage facility. A facility which according to international media reports belongs to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC).
“The facility near Masyaf, in Homs Province, is no ordinary base: it is where a Western intelligence service and monitoring groups believe Bashar Al-Assad is developing a chemical weapons stockpile in violation of a 2013 commitment”, Newsweek wrote.
Last April, U.S. sanctions hundreds of employees of Syrian research center Reuters reported. “an agency that Washington says develops chemical weapons for the government of Bashar al-Assad, the Treasury said in a statement”.
According to nti.org: “Based on this information, the Institute for Science and International Security identified a potential site near Masyaf from satellite imagery. The site contains a military storage depot, and there have also been previous allegations of chemical weapons-related storage at Masyaf”.
Based on the satellite images, it should notice that several buildings attacked selectively. The penetration holes of the missiles appear to be clean, suggesting the use of precision guided missiles with very small CEP.
There is no doubt that the attack, whether carried out by Israel or by any other entity, damaged the Syrian facility. Some of the structures appear to be destroyed in the pictures, a sign of damage to storage facilities or production of chemical weapons.
In this case, too, ISI’s satellite images used as a tool for confirming news reports and verifying information.