Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Sites
Three locations were targeted and hit in the 13 April 2018 US-led airstrikes in coordination with France and the United Kingdom: Barzah Research and Development Center, Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Storage Site, and Him Shinshar Chemical Weapons Bunker. The Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage site, is located 15 miles west of Homs and was the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment. The US military said the strikes "destroyed" Him Shinshar's chemical weapons storage facility, and damaged the chemical weapons bunker. The Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility, is located about seven kilometers from the Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility, which is located about seven kilometers from the previous Him Shinshar site.
Against the second target, the Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage facility, which is located in Syria, just west of Homs, 22 weapons were employed, nine U.S. TLAMs, eight Storm Shadow missiles, three naval cruise missiles, and two SCALP land attack cruise missiles. Against the third target -- next slide -- the Him Shinshar chemical weapons bunker facility, there were deployed seven SCALP missiles. Again, the initial assessment is that this bunker facility was successfully hit.
The place known to the ancient Egyptians as Zinzar, between Ni and Kinanat, agrees in position and name to Shinshar [Sinsar, Shin'shar], 10 South of Homs. In the 19th Century, near the city of Homs the plain was well cultivated; but, after a few miles, cultivation was only in patches, and it soon disappeared altogether. Here is a rich plain reaching to the horizon eastward, and many miles westward, totally desolate and forsaken. The road was excellent and travelers passed over it at a rapid pace; for there was nothing to be seen, and much to be feared. The small village of Shinshar, was built within the walls of an old caravansary. The inhabitants can thus resist sudden incursions of plundering Arabs, and guard their flocks from thieves by night. In going from Homs to Damascus travellers followed the post route. It runs due South over an open fertile plain, partially cultivated, passing two small villages, Shinshar and Shemsin, built within tho walls of old khuns. This part of the road was infested by Bedawy robbers, who often plundered large caravans.
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