Israeli envoy to Russian Federation summoned following reported airstrike on Syria

Hannah Rogers
April 12, 2018

According to the Russian military, the strikes were carried out from Lebanese airspace.

Israeli authorities have not confirmed responsibility for the attack on the regime's T-4 military base in Homs province, which killed at least 14 members of the Assad military and its allies.

Israel did not officially comment on the attack. This is likely because Israel has regularly attacked Syria for years now, without such a pretext.

More recently, Israel's leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have also spoken about preventing their enemy Iran from establishing a permanent presence in Syria and from creating a corridor of Iranian influence spanning from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea. Russian Federation has been playing a decisive role in Syria's war, lending crucial support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "In the fight against the terrorists, who have disrupted unity and stability in the region, Tehran supports the Syrian government and will continue to maintain strategic ties with the country", added Velayati, a Farsi report by Qods News Agency said. "Iran is a unsafe and serious enemy that should not be underestimated", Zeev Elkin, a member of the security forum, said on Army Radio before it convened.

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Moscow bureau chief Anton Troianovski describes Russia's increasing tensions with the USA and how state media outlets are covering the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. "We won't let them get near the borders".

Syrian state media SANA reported "several missiles" had hit the T-4 base in central Syria just before dawn on Monday.

At a holocaust memorial, Netanyahu sent a message to Iran to not "test Israel's resolve".

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