Killing 26 Pro-Syrian government fighters, mostly Iranians, killed in blast on Syrian military base
Missile strikes against Syrian government forces in the central province of Hama overnight killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians.
Fighters that had been killed in a raid, “probably” carried out by Israel, on the 47th Brigade base in Hama.
According to multiple sources, at least 26 fighters were killed, including four Syrians with others are vast majority Iranians.
Given the nature of the target, it is likely to have been an Israeli strike.
The obviously an Israeli strikes also hit an air base in nearby Aleppo province where surface-to-surface missiles were stored.
State media reported overnight that enemy missiles had struck government targets in Hama and Aleppo provinces, without mentioning any casualties or who may have been responsible.
There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties:
Syrian opposition officials have reportedly said that 18 Iranians, including a senior Revolutionary Guards military official, were killed, according to Israel Radio.
Other opposition-linked outlets placed the overall number of fatalities at 38.
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 doesn’t comment on its activities abroad.
Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli 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 Hama facility was said to house a weapons depot, which accounted for the size and intensity of the blast, which could be seen from kilometers away and reportedly registered on seismographs in the area.
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