Israel Terror-Bombs Syrian Airbase
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Along with Washington, Israel is waging war on Syria without declaring it - naked aggression against a sovereign independent nation threatening no one.
Ahead of Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on July 11, he repeated on Sunday what Syria, Iran and Russia reject, saying:
"We will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria - not close to the border and not far away from it."
Overnight, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Syria's Tiyas (T-4) airbase in Homs governorate near Palmyra.
The Syrian Arab News Agency reported the attack as follows:
"The army air defense on Sunday evening confronted an Israeli aggression on T-4 Airport in Homs countryside."
"A military source told SANA that the army air defense downed a number of missiles (not all) which targeted T-4 airport and hit one of the attacking warplanes, forcing the others to leave the airspace."
"The Israeli aggression came in coincidence with the successive defeats of terrorists in Daraa where the Syrian Arab Army is carrying out a wide-scaled military operation against terrorist groups for about 15 days.
"The army has been able to liberate scores of villages and towns and it has forced the armed groups in other areas to surrender and hand over their weapons and ammunition."
AMN News called the attack "powerful," citing a Syrian military source, saying at least one IDF warplane "managed to hit its target," evading Syria's air defense system.
In April, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed the T-4 base, Syria's largest, causing a number of casualties on the ground.
SouthFront cited Lebanese media and the General Command of the Syrian Arab Army in reporting on the incident, saying several Israeli warplanes were involved, at least one damaged, along with Syria's air defense system able to down most air-to-ground missiles.
One or more others struck targets on the ground, causing material damage only, no reported casualties.
Israel's military intelligence DEBKAfile (DF) propaganda arm questioned whether any attack occurred a week ahead of Putin/Trump summit talks, saying:
"(I)f indeed it happened, (Damascus may have) wanted to discourage Russian President Vladimir Putin from seeking any kind of deal on Syria at his meetings with President Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16 or with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Moscow on July 11, alleging that all they both want (to) stir the pot and keep the military confrontation on the boil."
"(I)t can't yet be said for sure whether the air strike against T-4 actually happened, or was the invention of Syrian propagandists."
By its own admission earlier, Israel admitted its warplanes attacked Syrian targets numerous times throughout the war - US naked aggression, launched by Obama, escalated by Trump, supported by Israel.
Take the above DF report with a grain of salt. Most of what it reports lacks credibility.
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