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Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Israel confirmed that in 2007, it bombed the Syrian nuclear reactor. The Israeli military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents on its air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, The Guardian reported.

The bombing the suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 was one of the most secret Israeli military operations that have been extensively speculated on for a decade. On September 2007, Israel said it sent four F-16 fighters hundreds of miles into Syria to bomb the partially completed al-Kubar facility near Deir Ezzor.

The military said that following the four-hour operation, the reactor “had been totally disabled”, and the damage done “was irreversible”.


According to twit of Israel’s intelligence minister, Israel Katz:

“The (2007) operation and its success made clear that Israel will never allow nuclear weaponry to be in the hands of those who threaten its existence – Syria then, and Iran today.”

The Israeli military declassified internal “top secret” intelligence reports, in Hebrew, some of them partly redacted. The Israeli military’s announcement on Wednesday noted that the area in question, around Deir Ezzor, was captured by Islamic State after the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011. Had there been an active reactor there, the Israeli military said, it would have had “severe strategic implications on the entire Middle East as well as Israel and Syria”.