Syria says Israeli strikes targeted T4 air base in Homs

Share

Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that a missile bombardment killed an unspecified number of "Iranian and pro-regime fighters" at the T4 base and was "likely to be Israeli".

The Israel Air Force attacked the T-4 (Tiyas) air base this past April, destroying a military drone center that had sent a military attack drone packed with explosives into Israeli territory.

In response, Israel launched an extensive campaign of strikes on Iranian targets in Syria including "intelligence sites, logistic facilities, military compounds, storage facilities as well as observations posts".

In May, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned that Israel will continue to attack targets, which threaten the Jewish State.

Damascus, as well as its allies Iran and Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members.

More news: ‘Game of Thrones’ star hints to Arya’s fate on Instagram
More news: English all-rounder makes his way into T20I squad for India series
More news: Four rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; nine left to go

"At the meeting I will reiterate the two basic principles of Israel's policy: First, we will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria, not close to the border and not far away from it".

An Israeli-Iranian showdown also flared over Syria in February, when Israel said an armed drone coming from the T4 base penetrated its air space.

According to Israeli intelligence estimates, there are thousands of Iranian advisers and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officers in Syria, some 9000 Shiite militia fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and another 7,000 Hezbollah fighters.

Iran and Hezbollah are strong allies of Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, the forces of which have been fighting opposition groups in a deadly civil war since 2011.

Israel took control of the 1,200 square kilometers of the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967 and unilaterally annexed the area in 1981.

Share