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Missile strikes kill pro-Assad forces in Syria

01 May 2018, 04:54 | Katrina Lee

Israeli soldiers inspect the remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by a Syrian anti-aircraft system EPA

Israeli soldiers inspect the remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by a Syrian anti-aircraft system  EPA

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Sunday's attack had targeted a warehouse for rockets and killed 26 people, mostly Iranians and Iraqis.

However, Iran's Tasnim news agency said reports of Iran's base in Syria being hit by rockets were baseless and no Iranians had been killed.

The day before, Syria got rocked by a massive missile attack that appeared to ignite a munitons depot hard enough to register as a 2.6 magnitude natural disaster and reportedly killed dozens of Iranians, - and experts attribute the strike to Israel. The White Home stated the 2 leaders mentioned the persevering with threats and challenges dealing with the Middle East, "particularly the issues posed by the Iranian regime's destabilizing actions". Israel has long accused Iran of using the agreement as a fig leaf to continue with its nuclear development program, and in recent months the United States has adopted that stance as well. As such, Abshenas added, "It's clear that we are witnessing a power struggle between the backers of the Geneva process and those of the Astana process". Sky News Arabia numbered the death toll at more than 40.

The Israeli military had no comment on the strike Sunday, in keeping with its customary practice. According to the report, Bunker Buster bombs were used, which makes it likely the launch was airborne.

The missile strikes have been so highly effective they registered as a 2.6-magnitude natural disaster within the Hama space, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre stated. They said that attacks were carried out at the airbase located in nearby Aleppo Province, where surface-to-surface missile missiles were kept.

The Syrian president, for his part, said that escalating aggression on Syria will enhance Syrians' resolve to eliminate terrorism.

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Israel does not usually comment on military operations overseas. Israel's intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio this morning that he was not aware of these attacks. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Israel is prepared to prevent Iran's entrenchment in Syria, "regardless of the price".

Last week Russian officials indicated there are plans to supply the Syrian army with Russia's advanced S-300 missile defence system.

But now, after an air battle between Israel, Syria and Iran in February in which Israel downed an Iranian drone and reportedly half of Syria's air defenses while losing an F-16 fighter jet of their own, Israel appears to be going much harder. Iraqis or Afghans fighting in ranks of regime of El Asad.

Rhetoric has reached new heights in recent weeks, as a USA deadline looms for renewing a White House waiver of nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Strong ties with Israel, he added, are "critical to our efforts to counter Iran's destabilizing and malign activity throughout the Middle East, and indeed throughout the world".

The statement came after another missile strikes on military bases in Syria. While five of the eight missiles were shot down, the remaining led to the deaths of at least seven Iranian advisors. One of fighters was shot down by Syrian air defence, although his two crew members were able to get safe.

Earlier on Monday, Syrian TV reported a "new aggression", with missiles targeting military outposts in northern Syria. The situation of conflict without hostilities remained after wars of 1967 (six days) and of 1973 (Yom Kippur), in which Damascus tried unsuccessfully to recover Golan Plateau, which was subsequently annexed by Israel without worldwide approval.

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