Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Iran Condemns Airstrike on Syrian Base

Iran Condemns Airstrike on Syrian Base

The semi-official Fars news said on Monday that "two defenders of the shrine, Seyed Ammar Mousavi and Akbar Zavar Jannati" were killed in the air strike "carried out by the Zionist regime's fighter jets".

But Israeli officials said the Tiyas, or T-4, air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria by its arch foe.

Syrian state TV initially said the United States was suspected of carrying out the attack on T-4.

While still not explicitly admitting to the T-4 base strike, Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Jewish state would not back down in confronting creeping Iranian hegemony.

A girl looks on 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. A war-monitoring group said the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranians active in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the strike as "a unsafe development" in the Syrian civil war with the Foreign Ministry in Moscow requesting time with Israel's ambassador to Russia, Gary Koren.

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"The Zionist regime and the U.S. have in different stages rushed to the scene to boost the morale of terrorists", he said, according to Iran's Press TV.

The Syrian regime and its other key backer Russian Federation both denied any use of chemical weapons as "fabrications".

"Our military specialists have visited this place ... and they did not find any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians", Mr Lavrov said.

Rami Abdurrahman, the Observatory's chief, said the assault targeted a mobile air defence unit and some buildings inside the air base.

Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours. The original number of Iranian fatalities in the attack was four.

"The allegations from Tehran and Moscow that Israel carried out the aerial bombing and caused serious damage to the Iranian target raises the likelihood of a deterioration in the military situation between Iran and Israel", assessed Shapira, who served as military secretary to Netanyahu during his first term.

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