(Haaretz) - A group of analysts said Thursday that satellite imagery has shown that Syria cleared a site believed to have been targeted in an Israel Air Force strike in November, in what was a speedy effort that only raised suspicions regarding the nature of the site.
International media reports based on comments by American officials have said that Israel targeted a nuclear facility built with North Korean assistance.
Syria has said Israel targeted a largely unused military building, however, and both Damascus and Pyongyang have vehemently denied nuclear cooperation. Israel has refused to confirm the air strike or comment on the reports.
Satellite images taken recently, two months after the strike, show the area was completely cleared out. On Wednesday, the same group of analysts said photographs taken prior to the September 6 strike pointed to the facility being a nuclear reactor similar to the North Korean design.
The images were analyzed by a team of experts at the Institute for Science and International Security, headed by David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector.
The Syrians "are clearly trying to conceal evidence," he said.