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Israel Iran attack: Damage seen at air base in Isfahan

  • By Paul Brown and Daniele Palumbo
  • BBC Check

Satellite images released over the past 24 hours have revealed evidence of probable damage to an Iranian airbase following an Israeli strike in the early hours of Friday morning.

BBC Verify has analyzed two images showing part of an air defense system at an airfield in Isfahan has been damaged.

U.S. officials say Israel carried out a missile strike, although there has been no official Israeli confirmation.

Tensions between the bitter rivals have intensified in recent weeks.

A suspected Israeli strike on an Iranian consulate in Syria earlier this month was followed by a retaliatory attack by Iran against Israel on April 13.

Since the announcement of Friday’s Israeli strike in Isfahan – the birthplace of Iran’s nuclear program – there has been speculation about the likely target and the extent of the damage.

Iran says the attack involved drones neutralized by air defense.

Although it is unclear what weapon(s) were used in the attack, satellite imagery detected evidence of damage at the air base.

BBC Verify made this assessment through analysis of optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite images captured over Isfahan on Friday.

Optical imagery will be familiar to anyone who regularly uses tools like Google Earth – essentially a photograph of the earth below.

SAR technology uses radio waves to create an image of the Earth’s surface. One of the advantages of this technology over more conventional satellite technology is its ability to capture images at night or through clouds.

The collected images are rendered in black and white but in high resolution.

It therefore cannot detect changes in ground coloring – such as burn marks – but can display property damage to structures, vehicles, etc.

One such image captured by Umbra Space on April 15 shows an S-300 air defense system located at the northwest corner of Shikari Air Base.

The system includes several vehicles equipped with radars, distinctive missile launchers and other equipment.

An image from Umbra Space taken after Friday’s attack shows damage and debris around a component – likely a radar – that has also changed position slightly.

Other vehicles were removed from the site.

This assessment was confirmed by an optical satellite image captured by Planet which, despite low resolution, shows a burn mark in the same location.

This mark was not evident in images captured on April 11 and 15.

The military base itself shows no signs of material damage in the available images, but further analysis of higher resolution optical captures will be necessary to reach this conclusion.

For the moment, no imagery of the nuclear facilities in Isfahan is available.

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said there was “no damage to Iran’s nuclear sites”.

News Source : www.bbc.com
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