Syrian state media says air defences hit Israeli plane, thwart missile strike

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that a missile bombardment killed an unspecified number of "Iranian and pro-regime fighters" at the T4 base and was "likely to be Israeli".

Israel has not acknowledged the incident, and says they do not respond to reports that emerged from foreign media.

Israel has made it clear that it is determined to continue undermining Iranian efforts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and will do whatever it takes to stop the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah. Reports later surfaced that advanced Iranian Air defenses had been the target of the strike.

In April, a senior Israeli official confirmed to the New York Times that Israel had struck the base.

The air strike followed a fierce exchange in which an Israel Air Force F-16 was hit by a Syrian anti-Aircraft S-300 missile and crashed in Israeli territory during a retaliatory attack that followed the entry of the Iranian drone into Israeli airspace.

The attack comes amid a Syrian government offensive against insurgent groups near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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Israel then carried out what it called "large-scale" raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T4.

The two countries are technically still at war.

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.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that Israel would "not tolerate the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria".

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".

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