09.08.2022

Israel HaYom: Israel was planning a strike on a crematorium in Syria

The Israeli leadership considered options for carrying out an operation to destroy the crematorium at a prison in Syria, the newspaper Israel HaYom writes.

The article by Yoav Limor said that such an operation was planned after the publication in May of information that the regime of Bashar al-Assad had built a crematorium near a prison located near Damascus to burn the bodies of executed prisoners in it, hiding the traces of the crimes committed.

It was about the crematorium next to the Saydnaya military prison. The US State Department became aware of its creation.

“In 2013, (Assad’s) regime began refurbishing a building in the prison complex. We are convinced that a crematorium has been set up here,” Stuart Jones, deputy head of the US Department of State for the Middle East, said in May. The diplomat added that the Assad regime is seeking to eliminate the traces of massacres committed in the Saydnaya prison. “From reliable sources, including American intelligence, we know that up to 50 prisoners are hanged here every day,” he said.

At the same time, the press secretary of the US President Sean Spicer stressed that the Syrian regime had crossed all the boundaries of inhumanity. He also noted that these crimes are being committed with the unconditional support of Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to humanitarian organizations, in the Saydnaya prison alone in 2011-2015, from 5,000 to 11,000 people were executed. The number of those arrested during the same period, according to human rights activists, ranged from 65 thousand to 110 thousand people.

Satellite imagery, which proved the existence of the crematorium, was obtained back in 2015. But they were published only in May 2017.

The Russian authorities questioned the accuracy of this data. Syria denied the accusations against it, claiming that another “Hollywood story” had been invented in Washington.

In the end, the US military abandoned the plan for an operation to destroy the crematorium. And then, as Israel HaYom writes, the Israeli leadership started talking about the possibility of such an operation, which was not ready to put up with the Nazi methods of hiding the traces of massacres in Syria.

However, this operation was never carried out, it was decided to refrain from escalating the conflict with Syria and not to spoil relations with Russia. In addition, such an attack could have caused disapproval in the White House.

Attacks on Syria in 2013-2017 by the IDF or attributed to the Israeli army

2017 year

September 22 . Syrian opposition sources said the Israeli Air Force attacked a target at Damascus airport.

September 19th . Arab sources said the Israeli Air Force attacked four targets near a military airfield near the city of Hamat.

September 7 . An object near the city of Masyaf was attacked. Syrian opposition sources claim the Israeli Air Force destroyed a plant that developed chemical and biological weapons. The fact of the strike on a military facility near Masyaf was confirmed by Damascus, with two soldiers killed and significant damage reported.

July 2 . The Israel Defense Forces attacked an artillery position of the Syrian government army in the northern Golan Heights. This strike was in response to the mortar shelling of the Golan Heights.

June 30 . The IDF Air Force retaliated against the firing point, from where the mortar shelling of the Golan Heights was fired.

June 28 . In response to the fall of a mortar shell in the Golan, the IDF fired at a firing point of the Syrian army.

June 26 . The Israel Defense Forces retaliated against the positions of the Syrian army after another mortar shelling of the Israeli territory of the Golan Heights.

June 25 . In response to the fall of mortar shells in the Israeli territory of the Golan Heights, the IDF launched a series of attacks on the positions of the Assad army.

June 24 . In response to the fall of mortar shells in the Golan Heights, the IDF attacked the positions of the Syrian army.

May 27 . A target north of Quneitra was hit. There are killed. Syrian opposition media say it is an attack by an Israeli UAV. Hezbollah denies.

April 27 . Powerful explosions in the area of ​​Damascus airport. The Syrian opposition announces another IDF strike. Hezbollah warehouses destroyed.

April 23rd . Al Jazeera claims that the IDF air force attacked targets in Syria. Damascus claims three militants have been killed in the Quneitra area.

April 21 . The IDF attacked the positions of the Syrian army in response to the mortar shelling of Israeli territory.

April 7 . Syrian opposition media claim that the Israeli Air Force attacked Hezbollah targets in the Kalamoun mountain range, in the Jaroud al-Mara region, and also near the village of Flit.

April 6 . Syrian opposition media claim that the Israeli Air Force has targeted Hezbollah and Assad’s army targets in the Kalamoun Mountains and Daraa.

March 22 . Syrian opposition media claim the Israeli Air Force has targeted targets in the Damascus area.

March 19 . According to Arab media reports, in the evening, the Israeli Air Force struck a target near Quneitra, destroying a car in which one of the leaders of the Fatherland Defense Force was located. It was also reported that attacks were carried out late in the evening on targets in the area of ​​the Kalamoun mountain range, where air defense batteries and Hezbollah positions were attacked.

March 17 . The IDF reports striking multiple targets in Syria. According to Arab media reports, the attack targeted Hezbollah’s missile depots. Syrian air defenses used S-200 air defense systems against Israeli aircraft. One of the Syrian missiles was shot down by the Khetz missile defense system. None of the Israelis were hurt.

February 22 . An air strike was carried out on targets in the Al-Kteife area.

January 13 . A blow was struck at the Mezze military airfield and several other targets in the vicinity of Damascus.

2016 year

December 7 . An object was attacked in the area of ​​a military airfield in Damascus. According to Arab media reports, the Israeli military used surface-to-surface missiles to attack.

December 6 . The blow was struck at the Hezbollah facility near the city of Ez-Zabadani.

November 30 . A convoy of trucks was attacked in the Damascus area. The blow was also struck to strengthen Assad’s army in the Syrian capital.

On November 28, the IDF air force attacked an Islamic State facility on Syrian territory. An abandoned building previously owned by the UN, which terrorists used to shell IDF soldiers, was hit.

November 27 . The Israeli military opened fire on targets in Syrian territory after shelling troops patrolling the border in the southeastern Golan Heights and dropping three mortar shells on Israeli territory. The IDF Air Force destroyed the vehicle of the terrorists who fired at the soldiers, four militants of the Shuhada al-Yarmuk group were killed.

November 9th . IDF attacked a battery of Syrian artillery. The blow followed in response to the burst of a mortar shell on Israeli territory.

September 14th . The Israel Defense Forces air force attacked a target in Syria. The actions of the Israeli Air Force were a reaction to mortar attacks on Israeli territory.

September 13 . In response to mortar shelling of Israeli territory, the IDF Air Force struck an artillery battery of the Syrian government army. Syrian air defense fired two missiles at Israeli aircraft.

September 10 . The IDF Air Force attacked the artillery positions of the Syrian government army in response to shelling of Israeli territory.

September 8 . The IDF air force attacked the mortar position of the Syrian government army. The air strike was a reaction to the shelling of Israel.

September 4th . In response to the mortar shelling, the IDF struck Syrian territory. The target of the attack was the firing point of the Syrian army’s artillery.

August 22 . In response to the mortar shelling of the IDF air force, they attacked the positions of the Syrian army in the central part of the Golan Heights.

August 3rd . Arab sources report that in the Maarb region, north of Damascus, IDF aircraft attacked a Hezbollah convoy carrying weapons.

July 20 . Qatari Al-Jazeera TV reported that Israeli warplanes attacked the Syrian police building in Quneitra, the headquarters of the Baath Party and other targets. The IDF does not comment.

July 6 . The helicopter fired at Quneitra. Some Syrian media outlets claimed that the attack was carried out by the Israeli military.

4th of July . The Israeli military attacked the positions of the Syrian army near the Israeli border after shelling in the area of ​​the border fence. There is no information about the damage caused or the victims. The IDF officially announced the fact of the strike.

June 19 . SOHR, citing the Syrian opposition, reports that the IDF Air Force west of Daraa destroyed an air defense installation that Islamic Front militants had seized from the Syrian regular army.

June 4th . An air strike was launched against an air defense base in the Shenshar region, south of Homs. The media attributed this attack to the Israeli Air Force. Damascus declined to comment.

May 11 . In the area of ​​the international airport of Damascus, the explosion killed the head of the Hezbollah special services Mustafa Badr al-Din. Hezbollah media initially accused Israel of carrying out the attack, but later the Hezbollah leadership announced that the deaths of Badr al-Din and his aides were the result of shelling by the Syrian opposition. Military experts have expressed doubts about the official version voiced by the Party of Allah.

February 18 . SOHR reports that the Israeli military fired three rockets at a target on the Damascus-Daraa highway.

February 9 . Al Jazeera reports that the IDF air force attacked Hezbollah militants on the Damascus-Homs highway.

2015 year

December 26 . Syrian media reported that the Israeli Air Force attacked seven targets in the Kalamoun Mountains. It is alleged that the strikes were carried out on targets of Hezbollah militants.

December 20th . In the Jarman area (south of Damascus), a building was destroyed as a result of an air strike, and at least 9 people were killed – Hezbollah commanders and militants. Among those killed are Samir Kuntar, who led the actions of Hezbollah militants in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights, and field commander Farhan Shaalan.

December 4th . An air strike on a convoy of trucks carrying missiles in the Al Qatifa area north of Damascus.

November 29 . An air strike on the positions of the Syrian army and Hezbollah in the border area of ​​Kalamoun.

November 23rd . An air strike against a mixed garrison of Hezbollah and the Syrian regular army near the village of Ras al-Maara.

November 11 . Syrian and Lebanese media reported that the Israeli Air Force launched a series of strikes on a target in the area of ​​Damascus airport. Iranian weapons destined for Hezbollah were allegedly destroyed.

October 30 . The Syrian opposition reported that the Israeli Air Force launched strikes on Syrian territory. The attacks were carried out on the positions of government forces and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.

August 21 . The IDF Air Force attacked 14 targets of the Syrian government army located in the Golan Heights. This was in response to rocket attacks on Israeli territory.

August 20 . Syrian state news agency SANA reported late Thursday night, August 20, that the IDF air forces were striking Syrian territory. Two administrative buildings in Quneitra were reportedly attacked. This operation was a response to rocket attacks against Israel.

July 29 . Lebanese media reported that the IDF Air Force destroyed a vehicle with militants in the Quneitra area. Five militants were killed.

April 27 . According to Arab media reports, the IDF Air Force destroyed a warehouse of Scud missiles for Hezbollah north of Damascus. There are killed and wounded in Syrian territory.

April 26 . In the evening, a group of terrorists who planted a mine was destroyed by an air strike on Syrian territory near the Israeli border.

April 25 . According to Arab media reports, Israeli planes bombed warehouses with missiles from the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group. The death of one person is reported.

April 2 . The DPA reported that the Israeli Air Force attacked the positions of the Syrian army near Homs.

January 28 . The Israeli Air Force attacked the artillery positions of the Syrian government army in response to the recent rocket attacks on Israeli territory.

January 18 . Two missiles were fired from the air towards a target in the Quneitra area. The attack killed high-ranking Hezbollah commanders and Iranian officers.

year 2014

December 7 . IDF aircraft attacked a Hezbollah convoy transporting a batch of Russian-made missiles to Hezbollah from Syria to Lebanon. According to Arab media, two Hezbollah militants became victims of the attack. This information contradicts the statement of official Damascus, according to which there were no fatalities as a result of the attack.

February 24 . Explosion near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The target of the attack was a Hezbollah convoy, transporting a batch of surface-to-surface missiles from Syria to Lebanon, capable of carrying more powerful warheads than almost all the missiles at the disposal of the Shiite terrorist group. As a result of the air raid, four Hezbollah activists were killed.

January 27 . A powerful explosion in the Latakia region. The media claimed that a warehouse with Russian-made S-300 air defense missile systems was blown up.

year 2013

October 31st . A warehouse with weapons was blown up near Latakia, where, presumably, missiles of the SA-3 complex (according to NATO classification) were stored – aka the S-125 Neva missile system or, in the export version, the Pechora, intended for Hezbollah …

October 21st . According to the Kuwaiti edition of Al-Jarida, the Israel Defense Forces air forces bombed several trucks carrying some military supplies for Hezbollah near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The information has not received confirmation from other sources.

July 5 . To the east of Latakia, in Syria, an air strike destroyed a missile weapons depot (according to media reports, Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles were stored there).

May 5 . A series of air strikes were carried out on military targets north-west of Damascus , in the Jemaya region (according to media estimates, more than 40 targets were attacked, including the headquarters of the 4th division of the Syrian army, underground bunkers with Scud missiles, bases of the 104th and the 105th brigade, etc.). It was also reported about air strikes on targets in Syria on the night of May 4.

January 30 . An airstrike against targets in Syria destroyed a convoy containing SA-17 (Buk-M1-2) missiles intended for Hezbollah, while also causing significant damage to the SSRC, where chemical and biological weapons were developed.

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