Airstrike Attributed to Israel Targeted Iranian Airbase in Syria
Apr 12, 2018, 00:44
Seven Iranians were killed in Israel's airstrike in Syria on Sunday, and their bodies were taken to Tehran for funerals, Iran'sTasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.
Syria and Russian Federation accused Israel of carrying out the strike against a Syrian base where Iranians were stationed.
Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for global affairs Ali Akbar Velayati cautioned that Israel should be waiting for a powerful response to its Sunday night airstrikes on the T4 airbase in the Syrian province of Homs.
"The United States needs to develop leverage to get Russian Federation to tell the Iranians to leave Syria, and the best way to achieve that is to make clear to Moscow that we won't leave before the Iranians are out of the picture", he explained.
A London-based Syrian human rights group reports a number of the dead were Iranians. Syrian rescuers and medics say a poison gas attack on Douma has killed at least 40 people. The Israeli government has refused to acknowledge or deny the attack, although both the Russian and Syrian governments have directly accused it of responsibility.
Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel was responsible for "flagrant" aggression in Syria.
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A child cries as they have their face wiped following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. After the Pentagon issued a strong denial, Russian Federation and Syria then said it was Israel that had attacked the T-4 base.
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Syrian rescuers from the White Helmets documented 42 fatalities in Saturday's reported chemical attack but were impeded from searching further by strong odours that caused breathing difficulties, said Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman for the group.
The Iranian official was visiting Syrian forces and commanders in the region who briefed him on the latest military developments in the country, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
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