Syrian state media: Israel attacked T4 air base in Homs

Syrian state media: Israel attacked T4 air base in Homs

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. 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.

The Israeli planes reportedly passed through the al-Tanaf area where the USA forces have a base. It is widely reported to house Iranian personnel and arms.

Israel has carried out several attacks on this specific air base in the past, claiming it was targeting Iranian fighters and weapons.

Damascus, as well as its allies Iran and Russian Federation, said Israel was responsible for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members.

Israel has said it will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria and has staged military strikes on Iranian targets there in recent months.

According to Israeli intelligence estimates, there are thousands of Iranian advisers and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officers in Syria, some 9000 Shiite militia fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and another 7,000 Hezbollah fighters.

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

Amir-Abdollahian said "the Islamic Republic of Iran continues its firm support for the Resistance, and will not give up supporting the Palestine cause and will help Palestine in the face of the Zionist regime's threats that threaten the security of all the countries in the region".

"It is self-evident that I am in regular contact with the American administration".

Netanyahu and Putin have met and held phone calls regularly since Russia's direct military intervention in the Syrian civil war in 2015.

Iranian forces along with thousands of troops belonging to Shiite proxy militias and Hezbollah have been taking part in a Syrian regime offensive in southwestern Syria, retaking strategic territory, including the Syrian Golan Heights, held by rebel groups for the past four years.

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