An Israeli report says that Iran has managed to build a new precision missile factory in Syria in the same area where Israeli airstrikes destroyed a previous one last year.
Broadcast on Israel's Channel 12, the report revealed that the factory was built in the outskirts of Latakia, a major Syrian port city located near the Russian-operated Khmeimim Air Force base. The Syrian regime, and Iran-backed militia Hezbollah, reportedly collaborated in helping Iran in building the factory.
According to the report, missile parts were ordered from Italy, China and other Asian countries through companies established by Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC).
Other companies have also assisted the circumvention of international sanctions on Iran's missile program, the report added.
Israel, for its part, has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets as part of a campaign to prevent Tehran from establishing a military presence in Syria. The previous Israeli airstrike on a precision missile factory in Syria occurred in September, when Syrian air defences shot down a Russian military aircraft, killing all 15 servicemen aboard.
Russia, which is allied with Damascus, blamed the Israeli military for the incident, a charge rejected by Jerusalem, and later transferred advanced air defence systems to Syria in a move condemned by Israel.
Meanwhile, an Iranian news outlet said Thursday February 7th that Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has inaugurated a surface-to-surface ballistic missile it claims has a 1,000-kilometre (620-mile) range.
The report said the missile, dubbed Dezful, is a version of the Zolfaghar missile that has a 700-kilometre range and a 450-kilogram warhead.
Iran has missile capability of up to 2,000 kilometres, far enough to reach its arch-enemy Israel, and US military bases in the region. Occasionally, Iran announces military achievements that cannot be independently verified.