'Several Israeli news sites published a satellite photograph on Tuesday April 17 that they said showed an Iranian military airfield inside Syria. But in fact the photograph showed Mehrabad International Airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.
The Jerusalem Post published a satellite photograph with a caption saying it showed proof of Iranian military involvement in Syria. It said the photograph was one of three released by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman’s unit Tuesday morning.
A photograph published by the Jerusalem Post initially had a caption reading: "Photo intelligence released by the IDF on April 17, 2018 proving Iranian involvement in Syria. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)." The site subsequently corrected the caption, identifying it as follows: "Mehrabad airfield in Tehran is used by Iran's Revolutionary Guards unit to ship arms to Syria."
News sites Ynet and i24NEWS published the same photo, also identifying it as an Iranian base inside Syria. The sites, each citing an Israeli security official as their source, published articles saying that the Israeli military believed Iran was planning an air strike on Israel in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike on April 9 that killed 14 people at Syrian air base T-4, including seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The sites published two other satellite photos they said showed Iranian air bases inside Syria.
Satellite photo turned upside down
The airport appears to be in a built-up urban area. And it is: the image shows Mehrabad airport in Tehran, which for decades was the city's principal airport, and since 2007 handles mainly domestic travel.'
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