Targeting Fateh-110 Missiles
Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon's Hezbollah, CBS reported today. The attack, the second in three days, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war.
The target of both attacks, on Friday and Sunday, were Fateh-110 missiles, which have precision guidance systems with better aim than anything Hezbollah is known to have in its arsenal. (AP/CBS, 5 May)
Reports from Damascus indicate the latest attack occurred around 3 a.m. “Damascus shook,” said an eyewitness. (CBS, 5 May)
In Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned Israeli airstrikes against Syria and urged countries in the region to remain united against Israel.
The Fateh-110, or Conqueror, is a short-range solid-fuel ballistic missile developed by Iran and first put into service in 2002. An upgraded version was unveiled in 2012 with improved accuracy and increased range to 185 miles.
File photo: Fateh-110/III SRBM on display in September 2010 (Vahid Reza Alaei/Jam-e Jam)