Syria: Israeli Strikes Cause Major Destruction

Photo: Emanuel Fabian [via The Times of Israel]

The Facts

  • On Sun., satellite imagery published by the Times of Israel revealed massive destruction at a Syrian military facility based near the northwestern city of Masyaf in the Hama governorate, following an Israeli air attack the previous Thursday.

  • The satellite images of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) were taken by Planet Labs PBC and provided by Aurora Intel, a network that shares news and updates based on open-source intelligence. Some buildings and areas sustained heavy damage, according to Aurora Intel.

The Spin

Narrative A

Syria has become a major threat to the very existence of Israel, as Iran and Hezbollah have expanded their presence in the country. In response, Israel has had no choice but to adopt a "war between wars," targeting Iranian and Iran-backed military presence and weapons that have been positioned in Syria to attack Israel.

Narrative B

Israel is continuing to violate international law and treaties as well as the sovereignty of its neighbors through routine aggression. The UN Security Council must act to halt Israeli defiance of internationally agreed norms to promote peace and stability in the Middle East.

Nerd narrative

There's a 49% chance that there will be an Israel-Hezbollah war by 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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