'Enemy' rockets hit Hama, Aleppo army positions

by Garry Watts May 1, 2018, 4:16
'Enemy' rockets hit Hama, Aleppo army positions

The Syrian Army attributed "aggression" against its facilities in provinces of Hama (centre) and Aleppo (north) to "enemy", in a clear allusion to Israel.

Israel has watched anxiously as Iran shored Assad's rule with weapons and money, then committed troops of its own and built military infrastructure across the country.

Missile strikes in Syria hit military bases used by Iran and its proxy militias fighting in the civil war there, killing at least 16 people, a conflict monitoring group and one of Iran's regional allies said on Monday. "After the attack on Syria attributed to Israel on Sunday night, at least the fifth since September, there seems to be little room for doubt".

While there was no perceived immediate threat from Iran or Syria, residents of central Israel - specifically, the Shomron - reported that flights to and from Ben Gurion airport had apparently been diverted from their regular flight patterns, instead using routes over western Shomron. Sky News Arabia reported, citing rebel sources, that over 40 people might have been killed.

It said the missiles hit a military base late Sunday, in an assault that bore Israel's hallmarks.

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In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supports its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.

However, Israel has previously carried out strikes in Syria to stop Assad's ally Iran getting stronger there or transferring weapons to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, and there is widespread speculation in Israel that it was behind the attack.

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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.

President Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal - something he appears likely to do despite heavy pressure to stay in from European and other parties.

Syria condemned the attack as a "new aggression".

Referring to Iran's promises to respond to the alleged attack by Israel on a T-4 base in early April, Yadlin stated that the target of the attack may have been based on intelligence that Iran was preparing the retaliatory strike that Tehran has warned is coming.

The strike on Hama province hit a base known as the 47th Brigade where pro-regime fighters are stationed.

The arms depot in Hama, known as Brigade 47, is one of the largest bases housing Iranian-affiliated forces and equipment, according to Jamil al-Saleh, commander in the opposition Tajammu al-Ezzat rebel group. He said the base has been run by Iranian and Iran-backed fighters from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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