AMMAN (Reuters) – Israel targeted outposts in Syria’s Homs province in a raid early on Sunday, Syria’s Defense Ministry said, while Western intelligence sources said the strikes hit a series of air bases in the central region of the country inhabited by Iranians. existing individuals.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the Israeli military refused to comment on the report on the latest strike in Syria, the third since Thursday and just a day after another attack on Friday that killed an IRGC officer.
The Syrian Ministry of Defense said, in a statement carried by official media, that Israel launched an “air attack from the northwest direction of Beirut, targeting some settlement sites in the city of Homs and its countryside at 00:35 am.”
Two Western intelligence sources, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said that the missile strikes targeted the T4 air base, west of the ancient city of Palmyra, and the Dabaa airport near the city of Qusayr, near Lebanon. Borders, an area inhabited by elements of the army. Hezbollah is supported by Iran.
The sources said that Iranian soldiers, along with Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, are stationed at both airports, and that there is a strong presence of pro-Iranian militias in this area of Homs governorate.
Reuters is unable to independently verify these accounts.
Syria denies Western and Israeli allegations that Iran, whose senior military officials frequently visit Syria, has a strong military presence in the country.
A Syrian military source told state media that the strikes caused material damage, as five soldiers were injured.
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They were described as targets linked to Iran in Syria, where Tehran is located
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Israel escalated its strikes last year on Syrian airports and air bases to disrupt what it says is Iran’s use of air supply lines to deliver weapons to armed factions.
Western intelligence sources said Iran was increasingly using its many civilian airports to deliver more weapons, taking advantage of heavy air traffic as cargo planes offloaded humanitarian aid after the deadly earthquake in February. read more
Iran declined to comment on the Western and Israeli accusations.
(Reporting by Muhammad al-Jabali and Moaz Abdel Aziz in Cairo and Suleiman al-Khalidi in Amman). Additional reporting by Maayan Lubel in Jerusalem. Edited by Franklin Paul
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