Missile strikes in Syria kill over a dozen, mostly Iranians

The tenth channel of the Israeli TV reported that "if the attack was indeed committed by Israel, it was the largest Israeli operations in Syria".

The Israelis are seeking Iran's reaction so that they could start an extensive conflict in Syria, Davod Hermidas-Bavand, a politics professor, told ILNA on Monday.

An informed source denied reports about a missile attack on an Iranian "military base" in Syria and deaths of Iranian military advisers in the Arab country.

Missiles hit a number of military sites in northern Syria on Sunday night, state media say, with unconfirmed reports of dozens of fatalities. Syrian state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30 p.m.

The target of the attack was depots of ground-to-ground missiles belonging to the Iranian militiamen, the report said.

"We have to investigate whether the attack came in response to weapon transfers to Hezbollah, to Iranian infrastructure being built in Syria or whether there was intelligence about Tehran's possible response and a decision was made to thwart it". Our foreign secretary, cheered on by a jingoistic British media, lit new flames under the cold war, blaming Russian Federation for all the worlds ills, whilst commentators found ever more reason to support United Kingdom military action without proper UN authority.

Assuming Israel was behind the explosions, it shows Israel's willingness to confront Iran directly in Syria.

On Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed that the latest airstrikes in Syria constitute an escalation in hostility toward Syria.

Almost 26 government supporters were killed in the attacks on missiles in the central areas of Syria on Sunday night.

Mostly Iranians were killed in the attack but at least four Syrians were also among the casualties, the war monitor said. They prefer to refrain from statements which may force them to retaliatory action against Israel - and the lack of such actions will be perceived as empty threats - given the fact that Iran has not managed to answer a previous attack against the base of T4.

Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Lieberman said his country will keep operating freely in Syria.

The base is located about 7 miles (10km) outside the city of Hama, the AP said, citing an opposition media activist.

The semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim said no Iranian base had been hit or Iranians killed.

As a result of rocket Israeli attack on arms depots of the Syrian army in the provinces of Hama and Aleppo destroyed a factory for the production of missiles.

ISIS-held areas in the Yarmouk camp and Hajar al-Aswad district came under fierce government bombardment on Sunday in an attempt to force militants to surrender their last pocket near the Syrian capital.

  • Rogelio Becker