Syria reports Israeli airstrikes on T-4 air base in Homs; Numerous casualties of Iranian and Syrian army forces reported; Netanyahu to meet with Putin on Syria this week.
Syria accused Israel of attacking its T-4 air base in Homs overnight with multiple deaths of Iranian and Syrian forces reported.
The strikes reportedly included 6 missiles targeting the base by Israeli jets that entered Syria from the south via Jordan. The attacks targeted the base used mostly by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria.
The Syrian army reported that it targeted the Israeli jets with its anti-air missile defense systems, including the S-200. As with majority of Israeli covert operations in Syria, Syria claimed it hit one of the Israeli jets. Syria’s SANA News agency reported following the attacks, “Our air defenses are responding to an Israeli aggression and intercepting a number of missiles targeting the airport, hitting one of the attacking planes and forcing the rest to leave the airspace.”
The IDF refused to comment on the reports.
The events follow remarks made by an Iranian official, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, to Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawaw, who claimed that Iran would remain in Syria to combat Israel. The official boasted on Sunday “The Zionist regime [Israel] is trying to dominate Syria after the fall of Daesh [ISIS], but the resistance forces and military advisers of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue their presence in Syria to counter terrorism. Syrians will not allow the country to once again become a safe haven for Zionist terrorists.”
Addressing Syria and a scheduled meeting with President Putin in Moscow this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that Israel “will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria – not close to the border and not far away from it.”
He also added that during his meeting with Putin Israel “will demand that Syria, and the Syrian military, strictly uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement”. The agreement calls for adherence to United Nations Security Council Resolution 338 from 1973, which includes no military action or buildup on Israel and Syria’s borders.
Netanyahu also reiterated that he is in “regular contact with the American administration,” adding “These links with the two great powers are very important to the security of Israel at all times and especially at present.”
Amir will address these developments and much more during his Middle East Current Events Update LIVE from Singapore on Tuesday. Tune in for his update followed by a LIVE Q&A on July 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Singapore time).
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