Recent Airstrikes On Syria’s Deir Ezzor Were Conducted By Israeli F-35s Armed With Small Guided Bombs

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Recent Airstrikes On Syria’s Deir Ezzor Were Conducted By Israeli F-35s Armed With Small Guided Bombs

Israel’s first two F-35 stealth fighter jets on their maiden flight as part of the Israeli Air Force on December 13, 2016. (Israel Defense Forces)

The recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria’s Deir Ezzor were carried out by F-35 fighter jets armed with small-diameter bombs, the Within Syria Blog claimed on January 29.

The airstrikes, which took place on January 13, were the largest in a while. A network of military posts and ammunition depots located between Deir Ezzor city and the town of al-Bukamal on the border with Iraq were struck.

According to the Within Syria Blog, which has sources in the Syrian Arab Air Defense Force, the airstrikes were carried out by F-35 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force. The stealth jets reached Deir Ezzor after flying along Syria’s border with Jordan.

The Israeli F-35 were armed with GBU-39 Small Diameters Bombs (SDBs). The US-made bomb has a range of 110 km. The bomb uses the inertial navigation system, INS, and GPS to hit static targets with a high accuracy.

Recent Airstrikes On Syria’s Deir Ezzor Were Conducted By Israeli F-35s Armed With Small Guided Bombs

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The Within Syria Blog said that the serial number of the guidance kit of one of the bombs used in the airstrikes on Deir Ezzor was “24646.”

Israel used SDB bombs in the January 22 airstrikes on Syria’s Hama. One of the bombs struck a civilian house, killing a father, a mother and their two children.

The repeated Israeli strikes on Syria are a apart of a pressure campaign meant to push Damascus into expelling Iranian forces from the country. This will not likely happen anytime soon.

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