Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Syria says Israeli strikes targeted T4 air base in Homs

Syria says Israeli strikes targeted T4 air base in Homs

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the latest incident.

Syrian says the country's air defense system has intercepted a number of missiles fired at a military airport near the city of Homs.

Meanwhile, the TV said six missiles landed in the vicinity of the base during the airstrike on Sunday, adding that damages were caused with no reports on casualties yet. Russian Federation and Iran have provided crucial military support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, helping them turn the tide in the seven-year civil war.

Iran's presence in Syria remains a red line for Israel, which has carried out dozens of attacks to thwart Iranian military entrenchment in the war-torn nation.

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The base, where Iranian forces and Lebanese "Hezbollah" fighters are believed to be stationed, was repeatedly targeted in the past few months. Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah. "It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", he said.

Moscow, Tehran and Damascus accused Israel of carrying out those raids.

The agency said that Syrian forces "hit one of the attacking warplanes and forced the others to leave the airspaces (sic)". The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the Israeli aggression and warned about its risky repercussions.

Israel seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the global community.

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In February, an armed Iranian drone infiltrated into northern Israel in which the IDF claims was on a sabotage attack mission against the Jewish State.

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.

"The consequences are not merely to the Iranian forces there but to the Assad regime as well", he said.

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