by WorldTribune Staff, April 29, 2018
Multiple missile strikes hit several military bases in Syria on April 29. The target of at least some of the attacks appeared to be warehouses containing Iranian missiles, reports say.
Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese pro-Hizbullah newspaper, said the attacks in Hama and in the Aleppo countryside were apparently carried out with “bunker-busting” missiles, causing huge explosions which Syrian state television said caused a 2.6 magnitude earthquake.
An official from the regional alliance of Iran, Syria, and Hizbullah told The New York Times that the strikes killed 16 people, including 11 Iranians.
The origin of the attacks has not been confirmed but have been generally credited to Israel.
According to the Syrian army, the strikes targeted a base in Aleppo province and Salhab airport, as well as Hama, where the 46th Syrian army brigade and Iranian “consultants” were stationed.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said “assessments” showed major arms caches, including some 200 Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, had been destroyed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that rockets hit Syrian government bases in the region surrounding Nairab military airport, which is close to Aleppo International Airport.
“Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets,” an army source was quoted as saying by state television.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Sunday that the government would “forcefully” answer threats to Israel or Israel war planes.
“If someone thinks that it is possible to launch missiles to Israeli cities or our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully,” he said at The Jerusalem Post conference in New York when asked by Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post.
Israel in the course of the conflict has hit Iranian-backed militia outposts in Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier this month his country will continue “to move against Iran in Syria.”
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