Israel launched a missile attack on Syria Monday morning. 26 mostly-regime (and Iranian) fighters were killed.
Here are the details, per Bloomberg:
Missile attacks targeted Syrian and Iranian military positions in two Syrian provinces late Sunday, killing at least 26 people, a monitoring group said.
One attack targeted an army base containing artillery belonging to Iranian forces in the southern suburbs of Hama and killed Syrian and Iranian personnel, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The second hit Al Nayrab military airport in Aleppo and no casualties were reported, according to SOHR, which monitors Syria’s civil war through a network of activists on the ground.
More from Times of Israel:
“At least 26 fighters were killed, including four Syrians,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based war monitor. “The others are foreign fighters, a vast majority of them Iranians.”
“Given the nature of the target, it is likely to have been an Israeli strike,” he said, adding that strikes also hit an air base in nearby Aleppo province where surface-to-surface missiles were stored.
While some sources blamed Israel for the strikes, Syrian state-owned news site Tishreen said late Sunday the raids were carried out by United States and British forces. The Western troops launched nine ballistic missiles from military bases in northern Jordan that struck Syrian bases near Aleppo and Hama, the news outlet said on its Facebook page.
Other media outlets claimed the attacks were carried out by aircraft bombers, and Hezbollah-linked sources and other regime outlets attributed the strikes to Israel.
There was no official statement from the US or Britain about the attack. As a rule, the Israeli Air Force does not comment on its activities abroad.
Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Army Radio on Monday morning that he was “not aware” of the latest strikes.
But, he said, “all the violence and instability in Syria is the result of Iran’s attempts to establish a military presence there. Israel will not allow the opening of a northern front in Syria.”
The U.S. confirmed that Israel hit Syria after Bashar al-Assad once again used chemical weapons against his people in early April.
Israel carried out air strikes against a Syrian air base early Monday morning and informed the U.S. in advance, two U.S. officials told NBC News.
The pre-dawn missile attack came hours after a deadly suspected poison gas attack on the last remaining foothold for rebels fighting the Assad regime.
The Pentagon say America was not behind the attack.
The Pentagon has denied Syrian claims the US attacked a Homs air base Sunday, hours after President Donald Trump tweeted “Animal Assad” would have a “big price to pay” for an alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma.
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency claimed Syrian air defenses shot down eight missiles fired at the T-4 airbase early Monday morning local time, in an attack which killed and injured an unspecified number of people.
The base, located in a strategic position between the cities of Homs and Palmyra in Syria’s west, has been a key staging ground for Syrian and Russian aircraft during the war.
Earlier, Syrian State TV said the assault was a “likely attack by the US.”
All of this comes on the heels of reports confirming a chemical gas attack took place in Syria.
The UK is working with its allies to come up with a rapid and unified response to the apparent chemical weapons attack on Saturday in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, Theresa May’s spokesman has said.
Calling the incident, which killed 42 people, deeply disturbing, Downing Street said Britain would consider a range of options if there was verified evidence of chemical weapons being used, but refused to speculate on what this might be.
As the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed it had begun an investigation into the attack, the spokesman also warned Russia – which backs the Syrian government – against seeking to obstruct OPCW’s work.
On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted that the Syrian regime and its backers would pay a “big price” for the attack. Later that day Israeli warplanes bombed a Syrian regime airbase east of the city of Homs, Russian and Syrian military forces said.
Asked about the attack in Douma, No 10 said: “The reports of a chemical weapons attack are deeply disturbing. It’s vital that they must be urgently investigated and the international community must respond.
“We are swiftly working with our allies to agree a common position, As you know, we are one of the countries that has called for an emergency security council meeting, that will take place later today.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis won’t rule out military action against Syria.
Maybe if Barack Obama had followed through on his “red line” with Syria then President Trump wouldn’t have to deal with this issue.
Stayed tuned for more on the situation in Syria. Things are going down!