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Assad constructs new airstrip for Iran near Lebanon

Local | 2019-06-15 19:26:14
Assad constructs new airstrip for Iran near Lebanon
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Zaman al-Wasl has obtained fresh satellite images uncover the regime’s establishment of a new helipad near Shamsein camp in central Homs province.

The images show the ongoing construction of a helipad, 550 meters in length and about 150 in width. It is similar to the large runway established by the regime in the village of Istamo after the Russians took over the Hmeimim 
airbase.

A military source confirmed that the regime began building this helipad mid-2018, which is still not done yet. At first glance, some think that this is the civil airport, which the system intends to establish in the city of Homs, but its short length (which does not exceed 550 meters) does not qualify it to be suitable for landing passenger airplanes.

According to the source, the regime intends to put a squadron of helicopters and two brigades of reconnaissance aircraft in this airport, with Iranian and Hezbollah forces being able to also use it.

The helipad is close to Third Corps and the Fourth Voluntary Brigade camps.

The current airstrip is located near the headquarters of the Hezbollah militia near the town of al-Qusayr, which is only 10 km away. It is also adjacent to the villages loyal to the militia of the Iranian funded Lebanese party (on Lebanese soil), such as Hermel, as it is only 20 km from the Lebanese border.

Homs province did not have any helipads or airports for helicopters in the past, except for the airports of Shayrat and al-Daba’ah dedicated to fixed-wing aircrafts.



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