Syria war: 'Iranian personnel among dozens dead' in missile attacks

Missile strikes in Syria hit military bases used by Iran and its proxy militias, causing a blast large enough to shake the ground like a minor natural disaster and killing at least 26 people, a conflict monitoring group said Monday.

Iranian media gave conflicting reports about the overnight incident amid speculation that it was carried out by neighboring Israel. Iran's Shia Muslim regime has always in the eyes of Israel sworn to destroy the state of Israel and as the strength of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) grows, Israel's concerns multiply. "The word is now in United States to safeguard world peace", Netanyahu concluded.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 26 progovernment fighters were killed, a lot of them Iranians, with only four Syrians among the dead.

The observatory was among a number of sources to attribute the strikes to Israel.

According to the Observatory, the death toll could rise as the attack also wounded 60 fighters and there were several others still missing.

Iranian state television, citing Syrian media, reported the attack. Iran's Tansim news agency said seven Iranian personnel were killed in the attack. It cited "local sources and activists" for its report.

"Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets", an army source was quoted as saying without elaborating.

On Sunday, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel would react if Russian Federation delivered its S-300 advanced missile-defense system to Syria to help it protect itself against such rocket attacks.

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It said at least one of the attacks hit an arms depot for surface-to-surface missiles in northern Syria known as Brigade 47.

The working assumption is that Israel hit storage areas where Iran kept heavy long-range rockets for future use against Israel. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denounced the April 8 airstrike as "Israel's crime", vowing retaliation.

"The entire region is in a stage where the political maps are being redrawn", Assad said during a meeting with an Iranian lawmaker, according to Hadashot news. The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, the mouthpiece of Hizbullah, writes that a night attack - "a slap in the face to the center axis of Resistance - Iran." the newspaper expressed confidence that "the answer will follow immediately". Israel acknowledged that it had attacked T-4 military airfield last February, in retaliation for infiltration of a drone into its airspace. It did not elaborate.

All this is beginning to look rather like a coordinated Israeli-American operation to limit Iran's military activities in Syria - simultaneously conveying the message to Moscow that Russia's green light for Iran to establish itself militarily in Syria is not acceptable in Jerusalem and Washington.

It has declined to comment on unclaimed missile attacks late Sunday that targeted an Iranian army base containing artillery in Hama, and a military airport in Aleppo.

  • Adam Floyd