Newsdeck

Syria accuses Israel of striking military airport: state media

By AFP 9 April 2018

Syria accused Israel on Monday of carrying out deadly bombing raids on a military airbase in the country's centre, state news agency SANA reported. 

“The Israeli attack on the T-4 airport was carried out with F-15 aircraft that fired several missiles from above Lebanese territory,” SANA said, citing a military source. 

It had reported just before dawn that “several missiles” had hit T-4, which lies in central Syria and is also known as the Tiyas air base. 

A military spokeswoman for Israel declined to comment on Monday.

SANA had initially reported the strike as a “suspected US attack” but later withdrew all references to the United States. 

It said the attack had left dead and wounded but did not give casualty figures. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country’s conflict, said 14 fighters had been killed, including at least three Syrian officers and Iranian forces.

Forces from regime backers Russia and Iran, as well as fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence at the base, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. 

Israel has repeatedly warned it will not accept its arch-foe Tehran entrenching itself militarily in Syria and has bombed Iranian targets there. 

In February, it accused Iranian forces at the T-4 base of sending a drone into Israeli territory.

After bombing Iranian units in Syria in retaliation, an Israel F-16 was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire in one of the conflict’s most notable escalations. 

Israel then carried out what it called “large-scale” raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T-4. DM

Gallery

Support DAILY MAVERICK & get FREE UBER vouchers every month

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money, though not nearly as much as its absence can cost global community. No country can live and prosper without truth - that's why it matters.

Every Daily Maverick article and every Scorpio exposé is proof of our dedication to this unshakeable mission. Investing in our news media is by far the most effective investment into South Africa's future.

You can support Independent and Investigative journalism by joining Maverick Insider. If you contribute R150 or more per month you will receive R100 back in UBER vouchers. EVERY MONTH until October 2019.

So, if you'd like to help and do something meaningful for yourself and your country, then sign up to become a Maverick Insider. Together we can Defend Truth.


Days of Zondo

State Capture and corruption are the result of unleashing the worst of human instincts – Gordhan

By Pravin Gordhan

Google is valued higher than Russia's entire stock market.