Intelligence officer gives first details of last strikes carried out in Syria; IDF had real-time intelligence of sarin gas attacks, as well as destroyed around 100 Hezbollah rockets
A senior intelligence officer in the IDF reported that approximately 100 Hezbollah missiles were destroyed in Israel’s last strikes in Syria.
The IDF retaliated after three mortar shells landed into Israeli territory from Syria on Friday, the IDF hitting the sources of fire. The projectiles were not targeted at Israel, but a spillover from infighting between Assad’s regime and rebel factions.
On Sunday, additional airstrikes were reported on the Nabe’ al-Fawar base targeting pro-Assad militia. Arab media reported that three were killed in the strikes.
Both the IDF and Israel’s Defense Ministry refused to comment on the reports at the time, the senior IDF intelligence officer giving details of the strikes on Tuesday.
The officer reported that approximately 100 Hezbollah rockets were destroyed in the strikes, as well as reported that IDF had real-time intelligence of Assad regime’s sarin gas attacks on April 4. The Syrian army attacks killed dozens and left hundreds injured, the United States carrying out airstrikes
Days after, the United States launched 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the USS Porter and USS Ross targeting the Shayrat base that was used to store and deploy chemical weapons in Syria.
Both the Assad’s regime and Russia continue to deny the chemical attacks were carried out by the Syrian army.
In a report mid-April, a former head of the Syrian army’s chemical warfare division, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, Assad’s regime had at least 700 tons of sarin gas and other chemicals after it turned over its chemical weapon stockpiles in 2014. Assad’s regime turned over around 1,300 tons in 2014, Sakat claiming there were 2,000 tons at the time. Sakat stated that in 2014 Syria “admitted only to 1,300 tons, but we knew in reality they had nearly double that. They had at least 2,000 tons. At least.”
He also reported that Assad’s regime has along with its chemical stockpiles aerial bombs and scud missiles that can be filled with chemicals. He also stated that Assad’s regime are no longer producing or acquiring chemical weapons as they “have all they need already”.
Sakat stated that the weapons are well hidden and could not be found during the United Nations inspections. He also warned that Assad “will not let go of the chemical weapons while he is leader of Syria and that only is he was forcibly ousted “he might confess to where some of it is hidden only so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.”