Syria is blaming Israel for an an attack on its T-4 base Tuesday night.
As usual, the SANA News Agency is reporting that Syrian air defenses intercepted the strike which they are blaming on Israel
The official quoted by the state news agency SANA said the attack targeted the T-4 air base in Homs province shortly after 10 p.m. local time. The official said the attack only caused material damage to the base, saying most rockets were intercepted while only four landed in the targeted area.
Some reports state the attack was carried out by warplanes that fired a barrage of missiles at the base, while other reports state it was carried out by drones and missiles.
Haaretz is reporting that an Iranian cargo 747 plane flew to the Syrian base three times over the past ten days, supposedly unloading shipments from Tehran.
T-4 or Tiyas Military Airbase has been struck by The Israeli Air Force on several occasions in recent years. In April 2018, an attack on the base killed seven Iranian military advisers and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members, who were stationed there to assist Syria.
There was no immediate Israeli comment. Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes on Syria over the past years but it rarely comments on what it targets.
Israel is widely believed to have been behind airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country’s war fighting alongside the government.
The attack on Tuesday comes during heightened tension after the recent escalation between the U.S. and Iran, Damascus’ main ally in the region. A U.S. airstrike in Baghdad killed Iran’s top general earlier in January. Gen. Qassim Soleimani was the main architect of Iran’s policy in Syria, where thousands of allied fighters fought alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil war.
Russia announced late last year that it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria. Russia, too, is a key ally of Assad, and its intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his favor.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem / AP)