Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Israel Allegedly Strikes Syrian T-4 Air Base, Again

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Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 06:51

Syrian military air defenses shot down missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in an act of "aggression" attributed to Israel, Syrian state media said citing a military source.

Attacks on the T-4 based mark a new phase in Israel's defense against Iranian provocation, which has included in the past sending an armed drone into Israeli airspace. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the agency that "Iranian and pro-regime fighters" were killed at the base. Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it described as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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.

The facility has previously been targeted by repeated strikes Damascus has blamed on Israel.

The Jerusalem Post reported that four to six rockets hit the T4 air base as well as the areas around the base.

However reports from the ground said that a number of soldiers at the base, either from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard or allied militias, were killed.

A senior Iranian official said Iranian military advisers will continue their presence in Syria to help the Arab country defeat an all-out foreign-sponsored militancy.

"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".

Netanyahu said on Sunday that he will insist during his meeting with Putin that Israel's national security interests vis a vis Syria are being met.

In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Lebanese Hezbollah troops are also stationed at the air base, according to the Observatory.