Missile strikes on military sites ‘kill pro-Assad Syrian and Iranian fighters’

syria missile strikeMissile strikes on military sites in northern Syria overnight reportedly killed a number of pro-government fighters, including Iranians.

The Syrian military said facilities in Hama and Aleppo provinces were struck.

It did not say if there were any casualties. But a UK-based monitoring group said four Syrians and 22 foreigners, mostly Iranians, died.

It is not known who was behind the attacks. Western nations and Israel have previously hit sites in Syria.

Earlier this month, the US, UK and France bombed three facilities they said were associated with the Syrian government’s alleged chemical weapons programme.

Israel is alleged to have hit an airbase reportedly serving as an Iranian drone command centre and containing an advanced Iranian air defence system. Seven Iranians were among 14 military personnel killed in that attack.

Israel has repeatedly vowed to stop Iran from strengthening its military presence in Syria, where it has deployed hundreds of troops since the country’s civil war began in 2011 to help keep President Bashar al-Assad in power.

Thousands of Shia Muslim militiamen armed, trained and financed by Iran – mostly from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, but also Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen – have also fought alongside the Syrian army.

A Syrian military source cited by the official Sana news agency said only that the sites targeted on Sunday night were “exposed… to a new aggression”.

The source added that the strikes came after terrorist organisations had suffered defeats in the countryside of the capital, Damascus, an apparent reference to the recent recapture of the Eastern Ghouta region from rebel groups.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said one strike appeared to have targeted a depot for surface-to-surface missiles at the 47th Brigade military base, south of the city of Hama.

The pro-opposition Orient News website also reported that large explosions were seen coming from what were believed to be ammunition caches at the base.

Opposition media activist Mohammed Rasheed meanwhile told the Associated Press that debris from the explosion at the depot struck parts of Hama and that residents of areas near the base fled their homes.

A video posted by a government supporter purportedly showed the explosion.

Missiles are also reported to have hit locations in the Salhab area, west of Hama city, and the area surrounding Nairab military airport, which is close to the city of Aleppo and its international airport.

The SOHR cited its sources as saying 26 pro-government fighters were killed in the missile strikes, most of them Iranians. It added that the death toll might rise as 60 fighters were wounded, some of them seriously, and that others were missing.

An official from a regional alliance that includes Iran and Hezbollah told the New York Times that the strike on the 47th Brigade base destroyed 200 missiles and killed 16 people, including 11 Iranians.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency cited its sources as saying that the missiles struck weapons depots in southern Hama and an area north of Aleppo’s airport, but they denied that Iranian military advisers were killed.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency also cited an unnamed source as dismissing as “baseless” the reports that Iranian facilities were hit and Iranians killed.

The SOHR said that given the nature of the targets, the attacks were likely to have been carried out by Israel.

But Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Monday morning that he was “not aware” of the strikes.

“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,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.

BBC

  • vs

    (Israel topic)
    On Monday, April 30, the INN website announces the visit to Israel of
    Bishop Scott Mwanza of Zambia, who is the leader for millions of
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    Mwanza visited Samaria and met with the leadership of the regional council. According to the bishop, a visit to Samaria will convince him that there is no apartheid in Israel. He also spoke out against the anti-Israel BDS movement. “Why boycott the hand that feeds you? Why boycott something that gives you a solution?”, He said.

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    to drive you out of here.” You are the masters of this land, and you
    must fight for it. you and stand on your side, because this land belongs to the sons of Abraham ” https://www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/371952

    • YeUx

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      • vs

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    After a press conference at which Israeli intelligence was released on
    the Iranian nuclear program, a telephone conversation took place
    between Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The press service of the Israeli head of government said that during
    the conversation they discussed the data of Israeli intelligence, as
    well as the situation in Syria.

    The leaders of the two states agreed to meet in the very near future.

    The
    press service informs that earlier Benjamin Netanyahu talked on the
    phone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela
    Merkel. They agreed that in the next few days Netanyahu will send teams of
    professionals to Germany and France for a detailed analysis of the
    materials Israel possesses about Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear
    weapons.

    The Prime Minister plans to inform the leaders of Britain and China in the near future

  • Niemals

    Syrian women tortured and humiliated in Assad regime prisons.
    Thousands of Syrian women are believed to be incarcerated in Assad regime prisons. Little is known about their fate, but those who manage to escape tell tales of horror. DW’s Julia Hahn reports.
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    Muna Muhammad remembers every tiny detail.
    The stench in the cells, the pain, her torturers.
    “He pulled a black plastic bag over my head and then he hung me from the ceiling, head down,” the 30-year-old says.
    The memory still haunts her.
    The guard said he was going to leave her hanging from the ceiling until all her “evil thoughts land in this bag,” she remembers.

    Muna was a music teacher before she was arrested in 2012 for participating in protests against President Bashar Assad in Deir ez-Zor.
    She was released, but re-arrested again and taken to Damascus’ infamous Syrian Military Intelligence Branch 215 – inmates call it “branch of hell” because torture is a daily occurrence.

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  • Rascal

    Not a peep out of Iran on this latest hit on Hezbollah weapon stocks. Just ignore it and keep on attempting to occupy Syria.

    • Steve Harvey

      Hezbollah will probably end up sending a suicide bomber to blow up Israeli tourists on a bus (like they did in Burgas, Bulgaria in 2012). Usual spineless Shi’a terrorism emanating from Tehran.

  • Y K

    A good Assadite is one in disassembled pieces.

  • Steve Harvey

    God bless Israel and her War on Terrorism!

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  • Niemals

    In Syria, Iran recruits Afghan teenagers to fight its war.

    When the Revolutionary Guard offered Mahdi (a teenager who’d never finished school) a choice – fight in Syria or be shipped to the border with Afghanistan, rife with Taliban fighters.

    It was in 2014 and Mahdi had fled from Kabul to Iran hoping to find a better life, had never heard of Syria, let alone of the brutal war that had been raging there for over three years.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd859b3d7a789145a57dc6e7ced11c6114f034c5b1b1bfc12f9bed61d3e33941.jpg Mahdi is still haunted by the memories of war and death

    “I was afraid to die and so I chose Syria”, he told DW. Returning to war-torn Afghanistan wasn’t an option. And, he added, the money was almost too good to be true: €585 a month, a fortune for Mahdi who was working as a tailor in an Iranian factory and who was picked up by the Iranian police in a crackdown on undocumented Afghan migrants.

    Afghan Children Recruited to Fight in Syria https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc7e7470da8e8f1e0694191eb75e2ba095ac1c6d40f1d3a06d1f1c5f94cfa704.jpg Tombstones of Afghan child soldiers buried in Iran.