Suspected Israeli strikes hit Iran-linked targets in Syria, escalating regional tensions

01 May, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Details of the alleged strike were murky, with Syria's official SANA news agency reporting a "new enemy aggression" on regime positions in Hama and Aleppo provinces, without alleging who was behind the raid.

The Observatory said at least 26 people - mostly Iranians and members of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia - were killed in Sunday's air strikes, and that dozens more people were missing.

Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency said that rockets didn't hit or kill any Iranian soldiers.

"At least 26 fighters were killed, including four Syrians", the monitor said, adding that the main target of the missile strike was the base of the regime's 47th Brigade.

Since then, Israel's focus has shifted to Iran and blocking its ambitions on various fronts: to prop up Assad, establish a military presence close to Israel's northern border and use Syria as a conduit for transferring arms to Hezbollah.

We are not talking here about just another strike on another Hezbollah convoy, but rather what would appear to be a new step in what is now the almost-open warfare being waged between Iran and Israel in recent weeks on Syrian territory.

He also called on Iranian officials to act wisely in response to the developments in Syria and avoid giving an excuse to Israel for creating tension between the sides in Syria.

The Syrian army's assault on the pocket between Homs and Hama included air strikes and artillery, according to the Britain-based Observatory.

After receiving Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy in the Iranian Shura council, the president said that these attacks make the Syrians cling to their sovereignty and their right to build the future.

The second very salient point - not only attacked in no hurry to take responsibility, but also attacked in no hurry to lay blame.

The tenth channel is also recalled that last night held a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald trump. But Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, said Israel was likely behind the strikes.

A day earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ratcheted up the Trump administration's rhetoric against Iran and offered warm support to Israel and Saudi Arabia in their standoff with Tehran. "Look at what is happening in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria", the defense minister said.

Pro-regime forces are now battling jihadists from the Islamic State group and other armed factions in southern neighbourhoods of Damascus.

A number of strikes on targets in Syria have been attributed to Israel, though it rarely confirms such raids.

State news agency SANA said the villages were held by the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, adding that they are close to the provincial capital, also called Deir el-Zour.



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