We have no facts. Some reports say that the USA attacked, other that it was Israel or even France. The truth is that we won't know for sure for at least 24 hours. Whoever attacked will present that as a huge success. Don't believe it! The last time around it took several days to find out what really happened.Update: Massive explosions were heard in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, tonight, after unknown jets entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon.
Also, at least so far, I hear about "5 cruise missiles". If that is the truth, then this is a totally symbolic act, which is good. There might be much much more before dawn, but we have to wait and see. If the French or Israelis did it, that is also good news (more symbolic nonsense which both of these countries love to engage in).
[Sidebar: if the Americans go for the real thing, we will see *hundreds* of missiles just in the first wave, so all this 5 (or 8) missiles stuff is very very good news indeed (at least compared to what it could be!)]
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Air Defense system was deployed from the Mezzeh Air Base after the jets entered Syria from Lebanon's Beqa'a Valley.The Israeli government has refused to respond to reports of a missile strike on a Syrian airbase in Homs province, which it had earlier bombed in February.
Some early reports indicate that the jets were Israeli, as this is the route they usually take before bombing the Syrian military.
There is still no confirmation regarding the cause of the blasts or if the warplanes were Israeli or U.S.
According to the pan-Arab TV channel Al-Mayadeen, an Israeli surveillance plane was spotted over the base in Homs at the moment of the rocket strike.Update: Reports have been circulating that Hezbollah and Iranian military personnel were among some of the casualties suffered in an Israeli missile strike against the Syrian T-4 airbase on very early Monday morning.
"An Israeli reconnaissance plane was overflying the T-4 airbase in Homs struck by missiles," the broadcaster reported, citing sources.
It has also reported that the missiles were coming from the Mediterranean Sea through Lebanon. At the same time, Israel, which bombed the same base in February, has abstained from commenting on the incident.
According to the Russian military, the strike saw Israeli F-15's fire eight cruise missiles at the T-4 site of which five were intercepted by Syrian air defenses before hitting their intended marks - the remaining 3 missiles are said to have struck the western part of the military airport.The Israeli Defense Forces have accused Iran of controlling the Tiyas airbase, from which the army said the Iranian drone was shot down over northern Israel.
Up to fourteen military personnel, including Iranians, present at the T-4 airbase may have been killed in the missile attack says a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Iran and the Quds Force [Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' special unit] for some time have been operating the T-4 Air Base in Syria next to Palmyra, with support from the Syrian military and with permission from the Syrian regime," the IDF's statement read.Update 9 April 2018 - 11am CET
Israel claimed that the base was used by the Quds Force to transport sophisticated weaponry to "Syria, Hezbollah and the Shiite militias in the region."
In a statement on Monday, the Russian military said: "Two Israeli Air Force F-15 jets fired eight guided missiles at the T-4 airfield." The Israeli aircraft did not enter Syrian airspace and launched the strikes while flying over Lebanon.Update: FARS reports that 4 Iranians were killed: Seyed Ammar Moussavi, Medi Lotfi Niyasar, Akbar Zawwar Jannati, and Mehdi Dehqan Yazdeli. Not the "up to 14" reported by SOHR.
"Syrian air defense units have shot down five guided missiles," the military said, but confirmed that three of the missiles "reached the western part of the airfield."
The Israeli embassy in Moscow refused to comment on the Russian Defense Ministry's report, Alex Gandler, the diplomatic mission's press attache, told Sputnik.
"The Israeli attack constitutes an indirect response to the success of the Syrian Arab Army in eliminating armed terrorist groups from the Damascus suburbs and other Syrian areas," the Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres obtained by Syria's SANA news agency.
"These groups helped to kill the Syrian people, abduct civilians and use them as human shields. Three thousand shells in just three months have led to the deaths of 155 citizens and wounded 865 civilians, mostly women and children."
The letter states that there will be "serious repercussions" for Israel's attack, reaffirming that Syria "will not hesitate to exercise its right to defend its territory, people and sovereignty in all the ways guaranteed by the Charter of the United Nations and the provisions of international humanitarian law and international law."
The letter also called upon the UN Security Council to "condemn these blatant Israeli aggressions and to take resolute and immediate action to prevent the recurrence of such attacks."