Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Syria: Israel Behind Aerial Attack against T4 Military Airport

Syria: Israel Behind Aerial Attack against T4 Military Airport

Wednesday, 15 January, 2020 - 06:00
Light in the sky, believed to be a missile, is seen the city in Damascus, Syria November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi
Asharq Al-Awsat

Israel carried out an aerial attack that damaged a military airport in central Syria’s Homs province, according to a military source quoted by Syrian regime media.

Israel "led a new attack against T4 airport... air defenses were immediately activated against the enemy missiles, destroying several of them," a military source said, according to Agence France Presse.

"Four missiles hit the target zone," causing damage but no human casualties, the report said.

The attack happened at around 10:00 pm, the source said.

In an earlier report, state run SANA news agency had said Syrian air defenses were activated to confront the "aggression," without specifying who was to blame.

An Israeli army spokeswoman gave no comment on the claim when contacted by AFP.

A Syrian military statement said the Israeli war jets flew from Tanf, to the southeast, where the United States has set up a base near the Iraqi-Jordanian border.

Tanf lies on the strategic Damascus-Baghdad highway, a major supply route for Iranian weapons into Syria.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out many raids against Syrian regime forces and their allies.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that Iranian forces were stationed at the military airport along with Russian advisers.

The same military base has been hit by Israeli raids in the past.

Editor Picks