Suspected Israeli airstrike hits Syrian air base

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the missiles targeted Iranian troops and non-Syrian pro-Iranian fighters.

According to Syrian state TV and other Arab media outlets, an Israeli air strike on Sunday night targeted Iranian forces at the T-4 base in Syria's Homs province.

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


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.

Following the attack, Israel issued no comment confirming or denying the Jewish state's role in the incident, in line with official policy.

Israel has made it clear that it is determined to continue undermining Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and will do whatever it takes to stop the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah. They said multiple missiles were intercepted in the attack, and that an Israeli warplane was even struck during the attack.

Tensions have risen dramatically between the two arch-enemies in recent months and following the strike, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the time when Iran's enemies could "hit and run" was over.


On Saturday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian parliament speaker's special adviser on global affairs, stated that Syrians will not allow the country to "once again fall victim" to Israel.

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

"The Syrian people will not allow the country to be turned into the hotbed of Zionist terrorists once again", Amir-Abdollahian noted.

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.


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