The targeted anti-aircraft missile site near Latakia
U.S. officials have confirmed that Israel struck Syrian missile sites in two different locations Wednesday, reports CNN.
The sites, one in the port city of Latakia and another in Damascus, allegedly contained surface to air missile systems said to be slated for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The strikes took out SA-8 anti-aircraft missiles, The Times of Israel reports. The SA-8 system is a truck-mounted, and highly mobile, but with low-altitude and short range capabilities.
The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post
, citing satellite images obtained by Channel 2, reports that Russian-made Neva S-125
surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles and SA-3 missile battery — which also includes a command center with radar and antennas to track the missiles and their targets — were seen in the area.
have an operational range of up to 9 miles and are equipped to take out small aircraft at a low to medium altitude. They were a favorite of Egyptians in the Yom Kipper War, and of Iraqis during the first Gulf War, The Times notes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported
a loud explosion in a Syrian army base and a Syrian security official confirmed
there was a strike.
The Times of Israel cited
Twitter users who said the blast occurred near Snobar Jableh, just south of Latakia.
The pro-regime Syrian news outlet Dam Press reported
that the site was heavily damaged but there were no injuries.
Syrian, Lebanese, and Israeli news
that Israel carried out the strike from the Mediterranean. The subreddit r/syriancivilwar has a rundown
of all of the reports.