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Fateh-110 Missiles

The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida on Monday claimed that the Sunday attack on a Syrian base which had been attributed to Israel killed 40 people, including 18 Iranians and Afghans.

The newspaper reported that the main target of the attack was the launch sites of Iranian surface to surface missiles aimed at targets deep inside Israel.

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An analysis of the images of the attacked site in Syria shows that 8 hangars where reportedly up to 200 Iranian Fateh-110 rockets had been stored were destroyed. It was a precision strike with minimal collateral damage. Judging by the eruption of the explosions, which cause a 2.6 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale, the report concluded the hangars also stored an exceptionally large stock of ammunition.

The paper also reported that the Israelis waited until the Iranian transport planes had taken off empty before they attacked. This assertion raised a few questions on Israeli social media, where many were wondering why those cargo planes were allowed to escape the attack.

The Fateh-110 (Conqueror in Persian) is a single-stage, surface-to-surface missile with at least a 125 mile range, produced domestically the Iranian Aerospace Industries. Iran successfully tested the Fateh-110 in September 2002 and is mass-producing it. A later version, introduced in 2012, has a 185 mile (300 kilometer) range. They carry a 650 kg warhead.

Israel has considered the missiles a game-changer if acquired by Hezbollah. A Fateh-110 missile launched from Lebanon could reach as far as the northern Negev.

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